Zen to Done - Finished

Zen to Done - Finished

I like the concept of big rocks. I have a lot of project lists, but very limited time to do them. But cutting the active projects down to two or three, everything else just gets filed for a while. I keep a checklist of daily blogging, research, and social networking tasks. I add to lists in my moleskine. And I have limited my projects to three I work on in a week. It is helping me get more done by focusing more.

I am using the full version of Zen to Done. I have a lot of information and project ideas I want to keep for later and now they are in a system. I keep lists in a Moleskine. Leo makes it simply than Getting Things Done in that he gives you a simple system of goals to work with as well as lists. My list were becoming unruly without a direction.

He also stressed the importance of habits. I started the habit of giving more attention to blogging about two and a half months ago. It hasn't been daily, but most weeks I get at least five posts in. I set the habit of getting up earlier and getting it done. And I have seen a good rise in traffic here. It seems that some traffic brings even more traffic if you keep the content coming. I am learning more all the time to bring more visitors in by just making it a habit of finding 5 to 10 blogs to comment on each day. The comments bring some traffic, but learning new things from other bloggers brings more.

Leo links to a lot of free list keeping software online to help you keep track of things. He also has forms in the back of the book you can print out. Just a simple forms to keep your lists and goals on. If you are the type a planner never worked for, Zen to Done if for you. It only 83 pages long and doesn't take that long to read. It's so simple you think of it as relearning common sense. But simple changes are sometimes the most dramatic.

Stephan Miller

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