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Create a technology “Walden Zone” designate a room at home (or work) technology-free. banish all computers and put a basket by the door for phones and other devices. 1

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instead of checking your email one last time before you go to sleep, write down anything that is still on your mind so you aren’t distracted by it as you try to fall asleep. Get the noise out of your head before bed 2

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Create a tight purpose; loose agenda before going into your next meeting, pause and ask yourself, “what is the one thing i really want to achieve coming out of this meeting?” don’t walk into the meeting until you have your real purpose clear. 3

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Conduct a project audit take a long hard look at all the projects you are currently involved in, either at work or in your community. ask “if i wasn’t already involved how hard would i work to attend?” if the answer is “not hard at all” then ask to be released from your commitment. 4

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Set internal boundaries anytime you feel internal pressure to do something to help save someone else’s time, ask yourself if that person would make the same sacrifice for you. if the answer is no, you can eliminate without guilt. 5

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One obstacle in one minute think of one essential thing you are having trouble starting. ask yourself what is the one obstacle getting in the way of getting this done? now, think of the next action you can take to begin eliminating it. 6

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Create buffers write down the top five items you want to get done tomorrow. then estimate for how long you think each will take. add 50% to each and then budget your time accordingly. 7

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Apply the 90 percent rule think of any simple request that has been made of you in the past week. make a list of the “minimum” criteria for you to say yes. if it doesn’t meet 90 percent of those criteria then it should be politely rejected. 8

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essentialism: the disciplined pursuit of less By Greg McKeown Learn more at gregmckeown.com