From Zen to Done by Leo Babauta. Have a Simple System. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo Da Vinci. Have a simple system so you can spend more time doing and less time setting up your system. A simple system consists of inboxes, a calendar, lists, and a reference system. All you need are lists and keep as few as possible. One list for each context and a projects list you review daily or weekly. Make a habit of checking it daily. Don’t keep trying out new tools. Write Things Down. Get into the habit of writing things down immediately, in one place, instead of relying on our brains to keep track of it all. You will stop forgetting things, stop losing information, and always know where things are, all the time. If you never lose a thing again, think about how much time and money you’ve saved. Plan. “The things that matter most should never beat the mercy of the things that matter least.” - Goethe. Be sure your projects and tasks line up with your yearly and life goals. Eliminate everything that isn’t working towards your main goal. Set 3 big rocks each week. Set 1-2 most important tasks (MITs) each day and focus on them early to get them out of the way and done. Learn to say no and value your time. “Never mistake motion for action.” - Ernest Hemingway. Do. “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.” - David Allen. Get the first MIT done first thing in the morning, even before you check email. Eliminate all distractions (email, cell phone, desk clutter, internet tabs). If you get interrupted, write it down and get back to your task. Do one task at a time, don't multitask. When you’re done, reward yourself. Review. Review your system & goals weekly. Go over your yearly goals, see the progress you made this week, and decide on action items for the next week. Do a monthly review and yearly review.