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My experience with ZTD : Week #1 results

Pasture Juniper  (Juniperus communis ssp. depressa)

As I’ve explained in a previous post, I’ve decided to use Zen To Done productivity methodology by Leo Babauta.

This is the feedback after 1 week.

For this first week, I’ve decided to implement 1 new habit : 3 MITs.
The habit is simple : at the beginning of the week, and then every morning, I’ll list the 3 MITs (Most Important Topics) that I want to achieve during the day (or the week).

Here are the sresults :

  • 3 MITs for the week : Did I defined 3 MITs  ? :  YES,  How many did I achieve : 2/3
  •  Day 1 (January 16th) : Did I defined 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 3/3
  • Day 2  (January 17th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 1/3
  • Day 3 (January 18th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES (4), How many did I achieve : 2/4
  • Day 4 (January 19th) :Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 1/3
  • Day 5 (January20th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 2/4
  • Total : I’ve defined the MITs everyday, I’ve achieved  11/21.

 What are  my conclusions ?

  • 11/21 is a poor result. I’ve clearly over committed to myself during that week. There’s 1 specific MIT that I’ve pushed from day 1 to day 5 (finally I did it in day5) that made me loose 4 points.
  • Defining the 3 MITs at the beginning of the week and every morning really helped me to focus on the good topics and to realize when I missed them.
  • During this first week, I’ve also drastically simplified the way I use my todo system (nirvanahq). I’ve removed all project, and used 1 simple list. I’ve also simplified the actions (remove duplicate actions, remove actions I’ll never do…).  As a result, I feel really more comfortable with this system.

For the new coming week, my objective is to continue the implementation of this new habit, with a better result !


ps : why did I put a bonsai here ? Because I like bonsai’s !

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