GTD http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8421/all en-US 5 Daily Habits Of Successful Entrepreneurs http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/5-daily-habits-of-successful-entrepreneurs <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/5-daily-habits-of-successful-entrepreneurs" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/5-daily-habits-of-successful-entrepreneurs</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/5-daily-habits-of-successful-entrepreneurs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000010927301Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever noticed that when you get things right in your business, other opportunities start arriving, with almost no effort on your part?</p> <p>It&rsquo;s all about momentum. Other people &mdash; potential employees, prospects, vendors &mdash; naturally want to be part of a good thing, so they flock when your business is growing.</p> <p>In interviewing many successful entrepreneurs over the years, I&rsquo;ve noticed that they often rely on small daily habits and routines &mdash; both in business and their personal lives &mdash; that keep the needle on their business moving in the right direction. These disciplines aren&rsquo;t complicated but they pay big dividends, helping them to maximize the amount that they and their employees earn in the time they have available.</p> <h3>Plan Tomorrow&rsquo;s Agenda Today</h3> <p>Scott Cullather, CEO of inVNT, a live events agency in New York, meets with his key support team before the close of business to go over what&rsquo;s coming up the next day. &ldquo;We review and forecast what tomorrow is going to look like and how we&rsquo;re going to get through that,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It gives us an opportunity to reprioritize. It also allows us to go to bed at night. Your mind does a lot of work for you while you&rsquo;re sleeping. You get there the next day and are much more efficient and productive.&rdquo; This focused approach has helped growth, he says. The company expects sales to rise from $20 million last year to at least $25 million this year.<b> </b></p> <h3>Put Your Meetings on a Diet</h3> <p>Ask entrepreneurs who left corporate America what they don&rsquo;t miss and they&rsquo;ll tell you it&rsquo;s<b> </b>those endless, often unproductive gatherings around the conference room table &mdash; drawn out by flabby agendas and presentation technology that takes forever to get set up. Many fast-growth companies keep meetings short, so employees have time to get projects done. For instance, Cullather limits his afternoon huddle to about 15 minutes.</p> <h3>Find a Way to Manage Email that Works for <i>You</i></h3> <p>They key is to avoid getting sucked into constantly responding to and sending emails, which delays you from finishing projects on time. That&rsquo;s easier said than done, of course.</p> <p>Many business owners like the system suggested by David Allen, the well-known author of <i>Getting Things Done</i>. He offers a <a target="_blank" href="https://secure.davidco.com/store/catalog/GETTING-EMAIL-UNDER-CONTROL--p-16377.php">free pdf full of smart tips</a>, such as putting emails you need to act on &mdash; and those you don&rsquo;t &mdash; in separate places in your inbox.<b> </b></p> <p>Another strategy that many use:<b> </b>Find ways to reduce the number of useless messages you view, so you have more time to work on what matters. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.otherinbox.com/">OtherInbox</a>, for instance, pulls emails from various senders into folders you&rsquo;ve designated and even unsubscribes you from e-newsletters you no longer want. You can use it for functions like filing all of your emails from a particular client in one folder. It&rsquo;s available on AOL and Yahoo! mail. Some enterprise systems offer filing systems, too &mdash; so if you use one, make sure you set aside an hour to master it.</p> <h3>Never Stop Selling</h3> <p>You&rsquo;ll lose productive days if you wait until you&rsquo;re almost done with your current projects to pitch new business. Projects can get dropped, clients can run short of cash and other things can go wrong in an economy like the one we&rsquo;re in. The smartest entrepreneurs I know are always cultivating new business, so they can quickly plug holes that open in their schedule. Often, it&rsquo;s a matter of sending in a project with a quick note saying, &ldquo;Anything else I can help you with?&rdquo; at the end. They are, of course, prepared to bring on temporary help in case they get overbooked as a result &mdash; even if it&rsquo;s simply through an arrangement with a reliable freelance colleague.</p> <h3>Exercise Regularly</h3> <p>Cullather puts on his running shoes at 5:30 or 6 am daily, and then hits the streets. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to me how many creative ideas have come to me during these long runs in creative solitude,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Not only does it give you the physical endurance to work 18 or 20 hours a day and travel around the world but it helps stimulate your mind and your thinking.&rdquo; When Cullather is traveling, he hits the gym &mdash; often a great chance to spend time with clients or network informally. &ldquo;When we&rsquo;re working with Fortune 500 companies, their senior executives are there at 5:30 or 6, before the conference begins,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p>Shouldn&rsquo;t you be there, too?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elaine-pofeldt">Elaine Pofeldt</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/5-daily-habits-of-successful-entrepreneurs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-protect-your-business-during-a-divorce">5 Ways to Protect Your Business During a Divorce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-get-a-small-business-loan">10+ Smart Ways to Get a Small Business Loan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ramp-up-your-business-by-specializing">Ramp Up Your Business by Specializing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship Small Business Resource Center good habits GTD healthy business routines manage email small business Fri, 24 Jun 2011 22:23:39 +0000 Elaine Pofeldt 581354 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best Book I've Ever Read About Making Changes Stick http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-book-ive-ever-read-about-making-changes-stick <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-book-ive-ever-read-about-making-changes-stick" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/change.jpg" alt="sign of change" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I put together a list of books that have meant a lot to me, <a href="http://www.balancedlivingmag.com/2005/January%20-%20February%202005/Small%20Change.htm">Small Change</a> by <a href="http://www.larryterkel.com/endorsements.html">Susan &amp; Larry Terkel</a> will be on my list of money-saving, life-altering books. The <em>Small Change</em> formula is really excellent and the minor changes suggested--personal, financial, health, professional--are meaningful and practical.</p> <p>For instance, the authors suggest substituting one glass of water for a soft drink at each meal. Projected savings: 50,000 calories and $500 annually. Another easy change: walk to a further bus stop rather than the stop closest to my home. Projected benefit: I could walk an additional 150 miles in one year with a small adjusment in my route.</p> <p>Here's the formula recommended in <a href="http://www.balancedlivingmag.com/2005/January%20-%20February%202005/Small%20Change.htm">Small Change</a>:</p> <p><strong> 1. Study your daily habits</strong></p> <p>&quot;Change something in your daily life and you will see the benefits steadily accumulate.&quot;--(p. 9)</p> <p>Face it: Our little bad habits cause more grief than the occasional huge error. Here's a menu of petty little things that cost us time and money every day: misplaced keys, the extra serving of junk food, the forgotten lunch, etc.</p> <p>Consider my kitchen counter tops. When I cook, the kitchen looks like the aftermath of a tropical storm through Miami. My kitchen surfaces become overdone with spices, oils and garnishes. As such, clean-up takes longer, which cuts into my income and I'm less likely to cook the next meal because a) I have to find the kitchen counter tops before I can use the kitchen again and b) cleaning up from the previous meal was such a nightmare, why would I want to cook again? Let's order pizza instead!</p> <p>This bad habit makes it more likely for me to order an expensive take-out meal or to just zap up an easy-to-fix microwave meal, which is usually more expensive and less healthy.</p> <p><strong>The small-step solution:</strong> I'll put away each ingredient and utensil as I use it. The proposed change is based on my review of a poor daily habit.</p> <p><strong> 2. Make only one change at a time</strong></p> <p>&quot;Self improvement is easiest when taken one step at a time.&quot;--(p.14)</p> <p>This is such a great piece of advice. I learned the value of focus while deep cleaning my bedroom. When I tackle the entire room, I just waltz around in clutter. I call it the Clutter Shuffle in which I move piles from one location to the next. But when I target one section of the room at a time, that level of focus and attention delivers real results.</p> <p>I deeply clean and put things where they <em>really</em> belong. It's a mindful process, with a big payback. </p> <p>By the way, once the change becomes a permanent part of my routine, then it's safe to move on to the next target. The Terkels recommend making a minor change every few weeks. I've tried a one-change-a-month schedule and that seems to work for me.</p> <p><strong> 3. Constantly make small change</strong></p> <p>It's important to keep moving. Professional athletes, for example, practice and run drills. The same process applies for other professions and crafts. &quot;Instruments tuned on a regular basis are easier to tune,&quot; the Terkels state on page 17.</p> <p><strong> 4. Keep the faith and recognize the power in small accumulations</strong></p> <p>This step requires discipline, delayed-gratification and confidence. When I was in my 20s, I sat down to write a novel and not just any novel: I wanted to write the Great American Novel, an epic piece. I wanted immediate blockbuster success. Years later, one draft of that great effort is in a box and other drafts have been fed to the dust bunnies under my bed.</p> <p>This past summer, however, I completed writing <a href="http://sharonhr.blogspot.com/2007/12/airhead-vs-workaholic-what-i-learned.html">a small book</a>, which will be published this spring. I wrote it chapter by chapter, with small goals. That step-by-step process worked for me. Likewise, I have started writing a short-story collection. <em>Maybe</em> it could be a novel, but each little story has its own destination. And that small target is enough for me.</p> <p>&quot;Trust the power of small change, and remember it will add up.&quot;--p. 22</p> <p><strong> 5. Have fun </strong></p> <p>If I enjoy the process, I'll be more likely to stick with the program. Consider my penny hunt. As I purge through the assorted piles in my home, I've made it a point to look for pennies and loose change. A bit of spare change is not going to make me richer, but the <a href="http://sharonhr.blogspot.com/2008/01/i-found-7-pennies-umbrella-under-my-bed.html">Treasure Hunt</a> mentality brings a little joy to my clean-up efforts. It's fun to look under a couch pillow if I think I'm going to find a few silver or copper coins.</p> <p>Additionally, if I can laugh about myself: the messy piles, the comic cooking or the crazy shopping trips, it becomes easier to let go of bad habits and memories of poor choices. It's just another adventure.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Frugal-Duchess-Live-Well-Money/dp/1934508004"><img align="right" alt="" src="../../../../../../files/fruganomics/u4/frugal-duchess.jpg" /></a>Editor's note: Sharon&nbsp;Harvey Rosenberg (The Frugal Duchess) will be joining Wise Bread as a full time blogger in August. In the mean time, she'll be dropping by with a few guest posts a week.&nbsp; You can find more great tips from Sharon in her book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Frugal-Duchess-Live-Well-Money/dp/1934508004/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2">Frugal Duchess: How to Live Well and Save Money</a> or in Wise Bread's new book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FWays-Live-Large-Small-Budget%2Fdp%2F160239704X%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1243858908%26sr%3D8-1&amp;tag=thelesmac-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget</a>.</p> <p>Can't wait until August? Here are other great posts by Sharon on her blog <a href="http://sharonhr.blogspot.com/">The Frugal Duchess</a><em>. Enjoy!</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://sharonhr.blogspot.com/2008/06/selling-car-jewelry-other-stuff-to.html">Selling the Car, Jewelry &amp; Other Stuff to Raise Cash</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://sharonhr.blogspot.com/2008/03/sell-coach-bag-what-im-willing-to-give.html">Sell the Coach Bag? What I'm Willing To Give Up for Financial Security</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://sharonhr.blogspot.com/2008/02/shocking-results-from-my-free-energy.html">Shocking Results from My Free Energy Audit</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://sharonhr.blogspot.com/2008/04/should-we-house-hunt-nah-plus-tips-for.html">Tips for Preparing for Home Ownership</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://sharonhr.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-save-money-on-hair-coloring.html">How to Save Money on Hair Coloring (Sorry Jamie Lee!!)</a></li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-duchess">Frugal Duchess</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-book-ive-ever-read-about-making-changes-stick">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-of-the-most-innovative-useful-and-insane-desks">7 of the Most Innovative, Useful, and Insane Desks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-change-count">Making Change Count</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-same-actions-will-produce-the-same-results-ten-tenets-for-arranging-your-rich-part-2">The Same Actions Will Produce The Same Results (Ten Tenets for Arranging Your Rich: Part 2)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-one-touch-approach-to-managing-household-finances">A One Touch Approach To Managing Household Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fifteen-minutes-of">Fifteen Minutes of ...</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks change GTD productivity Fri, 31 Jul 2009 13:00:23 +0000 Frugal Duchess 3421 at http://www.wisebread.com Guest post at Get Rich Slowly http://www.wisebread.com/guest-post-at-get-rich-slowly <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guest-post-at-get-rich-slowly" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gtdcover.jpg" alt="Cover of Getting Things Done" title="Cover of Getting Things Done" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="371" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>J.D. over at <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog">Get Rich Slowly</a> asked me for a guest post on personal finance. What it turned out I wanted to talk about next, though, was productivity--and in particular, my evolving experience with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0142000280?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisbre08-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0142000280">Getting Things Done</a>.</p> <blockquote><p>I spent many years working for various companies that, like most businesses, were more or less dysfunctional. They were places where priorities constantly shifted, where every day brought a new emergency, and where managers and peers might show up at any time with something urgent that needed my attention. When I became a full-time writer, I discovered that I needed different ways to manage my time than the ones that had worked when I was an employee. Interestingly, the different ways that seem to work best for me aren’t new at all — they’re the old classic tools of time management. </p> </blockquote> <p> If you&#39;re interested, check out <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/getrichslowly/~3/T5V9Bfsm7xg/">The Key to Getting Things Done</a> over at <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog">Get Rich Slowly</a> </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guest-post-at-get-rich-slowly">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-sluggish-workday-go-a-lot-faster">How to Make Your Sluggish Workday Go (a Lot) Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-more-out-of-business-trips">10 Ways to Get More Out of Business Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-cure-chronic-procrastination-you-should-try-now">The Easy Way to Cure Chronic Procrastination You Should Try Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-time-saving-hacks-from-the-worlds-busiest-people">11 Time Saving Hacks From the World&#039;s Busiest People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity GTD productivity Thu, 07 Aug 2008 22:12:14 +0000 Philip Brewer 2305 at http://www.wisebread.com Zen To Done: Your fieldguide for getting a handle on your life http://www.wisebread.com/zen-to-done-your-fieldguide-for-getting-a-handle-on-your-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/zen-to-done-your-fieldguide-for-getting-a-handle-on-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/zentodone.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="200" height="200" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I just finished reading Leo Babauta&#39;s productivity book <em><a href="http://zenhabits.net/2007/11/zen-to-done-the-simple-productivity-e-book/">Zen To Done</a></em>. Leo is the man behind <a href="http://zenhabits.net">Zen Habits</a>, a blog that helps people tackle their todo lists and live stress-free productive lives. </p> <p>Leo has spent the last year honing his own productivity system. <em><a href="http://zenhabits.net/2007/11/zen-to-done-the-simple-productivity-e-book/">Zen To Done</a></em> is based on the work of productivity gurus like David Allen (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0142000280?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0142000280"><em>Getting Things Done</em></a>) and Stephen Covey (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743269519?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0743269519"><em>The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People</em></a>) with a sprinkling of Zen Habits magic. Based on what worked for him personally, Leo distilled the best ideas into 10 of the most useful habits.</p> <p>But ZTD&#39;s appeal isn&#39;t in the 10 habits (they&#39;re not novel ideas). The key is in the approach. If you&#39;re a regular reader of Zen Habits, you know about Leo&#39;s unwavering focus on practical and useful articles. No fluff please. ZTD was written with the same pragmatic focus.</p> <p>I really liked this book. It inspired me. I was resigned to not making resolutions any this year. After 30 years of <a href="/successful-new-years-resolutions"><em>never</em> completing a new year&#39;s resolution</a> I didn&#39;t want another year of failure. ZTD has inspired me to give it another try and I have resolved to tame my email inbox in &#39;08! </p> <p>Pre-zen Leo sounds a lot like me: </p> <blockquote><p>My desk was cluttered, I kept multiple lists of things that I was always losing or forgetting about, I had a ton of things to do and was overwhelmed by the chaos and complexity of my day. Email inbox was overflowing, and so were my physical inbox and voicemail inbox. I kept forgetting to do things, and in general was disorganized and unproductive.</p> </blockquote> <p>Post-ZTD Leo sounds like some superhuman I could never even dream of becoming:</p> <blockquote><p>I quit smoking, started running, started eating healthier, completed a marathon, doubled my income and got my finances in order, became a vegan, have almost eliminated my debt now, completed a triathlon, lost more than 20 pounds, and started a successful blog, to name a few.</p> </blockquote> <p>A marathon running, non-smoking, vegan? Me?! My friends just snorted coffee all over their keyboards. </p> <p>My goals aren&#39;t so lofty. All I want is an empty email inbox. Who&#39;s with me?</p> <p>[Editor&#39;s note: We are <strong>giving away one copy of Zen to Done every day for the next two weeks</strong>.  <a href="/forums/personal-finance/daily-giveaway-20-amazon-gift-certificate-copy-zen-done-721.html">Check out our forum</a> for more details.]</p> <h2>Why I think ZTD will help me clear my inbox<strong><br /></strong></h2> <p><strong>1. ZTD contains just the highlights</strong></p> <p>I don&#39;t have time for a complicated system with a 300 page manual. Leo has distilled the best productivity thinking down to 10 habits. (If even that is too many for you, there&#39;s a minimalist 4 habit plan.)</p> <p>There aren&#39;t a lot of wasted words in the info packed 83 pages. Because the system is short and simple, you can review and re-review the 10 habits quickly. The simpler the system, the more likely we&#39;ll stick to it. </p> <p><strong>2. ZTD is realistic</strong> </p> <p>Instead of an extreme makeover of your workflow, ZTD preaches a slow and steady approach. The radical focus on what&#39;s doable (&quot;tackle only one habit at a time&quot;) is more realistic than trying to overhaul your entire thought process over a single weekend. Leo advocates practicing each habit for a full month before moving on to the next habit!</p> <p>I read GTD last year. For a couple months I was excited about building my perfect system. The pieces were coming together. (That&#39;s read: I played with a lot of tools that would supposedly make me more productive.) I got tired of building the system after a while and reverted back to my disorganized self. </p> <p>Of course, there is no guarantee the results won&#39;t be the same with ZTD, but it seems so easy I would be embarassed to fail! For the month of January, all 31 days, all I have to focus on is &quot;collecting&quot;. I think I can do that. </p> <p><strong>3. ZTD attacks the root problem</strong></p> <p>A lot of systems have been built to help us manage our time. Problem is, as these systems get more complex, which they tend to do, they become less useful. We waste so much time tinkering with our PDAs and reoranizing our organizational structure we forget the purpose of those tools -- to help us <em>get things done</em>. </p> <p>ZTD takes a simpler approach. ZTD is an attitude anchored by these 10 habits. It doesn&#39;t promise more hours in a day (we&#39;re not in fantasy land), but it does offer a way to be more efficient so you can do more. It also says maybe you should take on fewer commitments. Do only what&#39;s important to you, skip the BS. <em>That</em> is zen.</p> <p>In a way, ZTD teaches the fundamentals of managing your work. </p> <p><strong>4. ZTD is proven</strong> </p> <p>If nothing else, ZTD is one man&#39;s notes for how he turned his life around. After reading how close his disorganized life so closely mirrors my life, I was shocked and awed at the results of practicing ZTD. </p> <p>I&#39;m not smart enough to define the meaning of zen, but if you asked me, this sounds pretty accurate:</p> <blockquote><p>Today, my inboxes are all empty. My list of things to do today is a simple list of three very important things. I get them done.</p> </blockquote> <h2>ZTD with Wise Bread</h2> <p>If this appeals to you as much as it does me, pick up a copy of Leo Babauta&#39;s <em><a href="http://zenhabits.net/2007/11/zen-to-done-the-simple-productivity-e-book/">Zen To Done</a>.</em></p> <p>We are also <strong>giving away one copy a day for the next two weeks</strong>.  <a href="/forums/personal-finance/daily-giveaway-20-amazon-gift-certificate-copy-zen-done-721.html">Check out our forum</a> for more details! </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/greg-go">Greg Go</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/zen-to-done-your-fieldguide-for-getting-a-handle-on-your-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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