From David Allen - separate out must read from might read. Must do today from might do today. Otherwise you're having to think and make a decision every time, and also giving yourself the excuse to NOT do some of those tasks ("I thought it was only a might do"). Avoid having to think, or having to make decisions, just follow the list.
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I love David Allen's book Gettings Things Done,…and I've pinched the next tip from there.…If you like this next tip, then you really…should read his book and view his course.…The tip is to have what David Allen called…hard edges between the things that you do.…For example, separate out the things…that you must read from the things that you might read.…Actually have them in separate piles.…Otherwise, if you have all the reading in one pile,…you're having to think and make a decision…as you go through the pile.…
Every time you look at a document,…shall I read this one or not?…If you have them in separate piles,…you don't even question it.…You reach for the must read, and you start reading.…Similarly, for your jobs to do list,…you separate it into must do today and might do today.…Otherwise you're having to think and make a decision…every time, shall I do this task,…which burns up mental effort,…and also you're giving yourself the excuse…to not do some of those tasks.…Well, I thought it was only a might do.…Once they're listed separately,…
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