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Getting shit done.

It’s Thursday, money nerds, and I’m a basket case. Tomorrow morning, I leave for 24 days on the road. SO MUCH STUFF TO DO HOW CAN I EVER GET IT DONE OMG THE WORLD IS GOING TO END! Must be time to read some top stories about getting shit done.

Why working quickly is more important than it seems. [James Somers] — “The obvious benefit to working quickly is that you’ll finish more stuff per unit time. But there’s more to it than that. If you work quickly, the cost of doing something new will seem lower in your mind. So you’ll be inclined to do more.

“I declare to-do list bankruptcy (and you should too).” [Ambition and Balance] — “Trying to clean up your tasks piecemeal without revisiting the whole system is like trying to fit square pegs in round holes…The fastest, easiest, and more effective way to make your task manager useful again is to declare bankruptcy and start from scratch.

“How I got more done, reduced stress, increased focus, and mastered time management.” [For the Interested] — “We don’t know how much time we spend on email. We don’t know how much time we spend in meetings. We don’t know how much time we spend doing work that isn’t important. As a result, we don’t know why we don’t have ‘enough’ time to get things done. Scheduling every minute of your work week counters all of that.

“My quest to be more present and enjoy life more.” [Making Sense of Cents] — “I’m guilty of running through life too quickly and not stopping to really enjoy it. I’ve decided that I really need to slow down, enjoy what’s happening right now, and to live in the moment. I want to be more focused so that I can truly enjoy whatever it is that I am doing…I just want to make sure I get to experience more of this beautiful world that we live in.

Our final piece for today is a 24-minute video about managing distractions so that we can focus on high-value tasks and avoid low-value tasks.

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