A brief look inside Zen Habits by Leo Babauta.
We must strive to SIMPLIFY, Checkers of the personal protection device! By simplifying, we become happier, more productive and are able to focus on the big things in our work and personal lives that actually matter.
Babauta argues that we must “de-clutter”. De-clutter our minds, de-clutter our homes, our work spaces, our wardrobes, our vehicles, our number of responsibilities and whatever else can be reduced to the bear necessities (practically of course.)
For example, my key ring used to resemble more of a janitorial look (left), with keys and nic-nacks dangling from every which way. Now (right), I have my car key and the key to my home. Ah, sweet relief. A small change, but a powerful impact.
He also includes a number of helpful tips on increasing productivity. He has this acronym called MITs (most important tasks) and argues that we must rise early and physically write down the days MITs and at minimum complete those tasks. By labeling the most important tasks of the day we can get right to breaking up relevant “boulders” rather than filling our precious time with “pebbles” such as checking email, tweeting, updating Facebook statuses and doing other distracting things.
Leo has many more topics in this book that include but are not limited too: escaping materialism, boosting self-confidence and accepting criticism with grace and appreciation.
The topic that really resonated with me was the idea of single or mono-tasking. An admitted poor multi-tasker this concept was a Godsend. It works like this, if you are enjoying a movie, enjoy the movie, if you are driving, drive and if you are reading a post from the Cup Check, read that post from the Cup Check. If this is a “no duh”, then why do we see women doing their make-up in the visor mirror while driving to work. Or men talking on the phone while ordering food in a restaurant?
Let us all de-clutter, mono-task (a.k.a. be present) and become more productive!
For more from Leo Babauta visit his blog.
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