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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,212 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Czym jest Zen To Done (ZTD)? Odpowiemy na to pytanie nieco przewrotnie, nie tłumacząc bezpośrednio, lecz podając tylko jeden przykład: gdyby Syzyf zastosował ZTD, wtoczyłby na górę ten przeklęty kamień i ruszył do innych zaległych zadań.

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Published November 6th 2007 by self–published (first published 2007)
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Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zen To Done is helpful in making one productive and better results can be drawn from it than Getting Things Done or To Do Lists.

The methods in it focuses one job at a time and then moving to next habit once the previous one is completed.

I'm glad that I to have read such ebook.

I would only recommend this to a person who has NEVER read a blog post or a book on how to be productive. Otherwise, you pretty much know all the stuff here. It emphasizes the simplification of your productivity system.

Since I have loads of tasks to do that have deadlines (from school), I have no problem being organized. I use the iPhone app iStudiez Pro for scheduling all school work/exams/courses/lectures...etc. That's it. No calendars, no notepads, nothing. But whenever the weekend comes and
Nov 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a handy little e-book. I read it because I had read an interview with David Allen (author of Getting Things Done) and that interviewer suggested that Zen To Done was the minimal one had to read to get started on GTD. I ended up reading Zen to Done kind of in parallel with GTD and it helped me to understand the concepts.

In GTD the approach is to just jump right in, take a couple of days, collect everything, process it, and from that point on continue with the GTD method. Zen To Done is a
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been trying to figure out my own GTD system, but I couldn't, simply because it's just too complex.

Zen to Done on the other hand immediately gave me a sight of hope - it's OK not to implement everything and at once.

The biggest take away was to schedule 3 (at most) Most Important Tasks for the first part of the day, get them done and then I can freestyle from there.

Honestly, it was a big relief to experience this. For me, this is stress free productivity. Highly recommended to anyone who
Caleb Hicks
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Zen to Done is Babauta's bizarrely simple take on David Allen's Getting Things Done and Steven Covey's 7 Habits.

I read this book when looking to simplify my GTD system, and this has definitely helped. The concept of Big Rocks, Most Important Tasks, and Simplifying have helped me become more productive.

This review is evidence of that.

I highly recommend this book. And because it is uncopyrighted, I will gladly share my copy of it.
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: professional
I really liked this little ebook. I had been a GTD user for a while, but felt caught up in the minutia and unable to focus on the big picture. When I had a little free time I'd think, "I have to knock some tasks off those long lists!!" Over time I realized GTD wasn't good for me. It was filling up all my free time with work and I wasn't working towards anything particularly important. ZTD is an adaption that works for me. It's about streamlining and simplifying: allowing you to figure out your b ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A little book of common sense. If you're an unproductive person and can't figure out why, this may offer the kick start you need to do what you don't realise you're already capable of doing.

It's suggestion to keep a diary, and record every new task that comes to mind in the diary so that you don't clutter your mind with things to remember (that you inevitably forget), has lightened the weight off my shoulders. Reviewing the diary each morning and evening prevents procrastination. Reducing your y
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Another in a long list of productivity books I've read. This one, like all the others, basically says 3 things: write your shit down, organize your shit, do your shit. ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid little book.

If you are familiar with GTD system from David Allen this is nothing new for you.
Leo just simplified the whole thing, threw away a few things and updated it for today's age.

I still love the GTD system, although I have needed to listen to David's seminar twice to be able to adapt it for my needs in the right way.

Anyways, it does not matter what system exactly you will pick because you will notice that you are going to modify it with time. The important thing is to continue using
Iulia Cretu
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ZTD captures the essential spirit of the new system: that of simplicity, of a focus on doing, in the here and now, instead of on planning and on the system.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This is useful for someone who wants to get things done, but currently isn't (me) or is a complete mess. He has two twists: combine GTD with a top down, work and goal oriented approach, and then focus on simplicity and minimalism (I guess this is the Zen part). I don't think this is a viable alternative the types GTD was actually made for, nor for other complex systems like Agile, as it is too simple, too focused on minimalism and ensuring successful habit formation. That said, I found it useful ...more
Ivan Voras
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: serious, self-help
For those who haven't ever read any books or blogs about self-organization, self-improvement, etc, this might provide a few pointers. For others, there is nothing new here and the writing style is a bit tedious. Now I understand those who said bullet lists don't belong in a book. It's like the book was written by a list freak.

The most helpful for me was chapter 11, and it can be summarized thusly: "Set a yearly goal and some short-term goals, set aside a short amount of time every week to review
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quotations from other books (mostly Getting things done) - and nothing original.
All the book is the author arguing with Mr Allen´s ideas and pointing out how he is better...and all of the sudden there is the end of the book and we learned almost nothing new.
(in one of the last chapters he explains us why he is convinced that he didn´t steal the rights of Mr Allen´s and his GTD method)

Obsahuje citáty ze "Sedm návyků skutečně efektivních lidí" a z metody GTD (Allen: "Mít vše hotovo").
Dále však tém
Ozy Frantz
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
A simple and clearly-written productivity system, including the following suggested habits:

1) Write down all your to-dos as soon as you think of them; carry a notebook for the purpose.
2) Practice Inbox Zero.
3) Each week, think of 4-6 things you really want to accomplish; each day, think of three.
4) Get into flow and do your three most important things.
5) Keep context lists of various tasks, such as work, personal, errands, phone calls, and things you want to follow up on.
6) Organize.
7) Do a we
Sera Lewis
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Less compelling than 7 Habits; less overwhelming than GTD. This little book is a calming reminder that time and task managementdon't have to be stressful. ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was not great.

While I appreciate the core idea of "GTD but one at a time" the book never really goes beyond this and ends up repeating a bunch of sentences over and over again. And I'm not even sure if the strategy of only doing one habit of GTD at a time makes sense.

For example if I decided to to the collection habit for a month and was very diligent at collecting all my open loops, productivitywise I think I would still be in a terrible position because the collection habit only makes se
I'm so glad I finally picked up this book again and finished it. What added to my understanding was not perusing the Zen Habits blog but hearing interviews with Leo Babauta. Zen I am not but the way is clearer. The processes outlined clearly in the book are nowhere near new though his suggestions for implementing them one at at time and his concentration on habits versus goals and simplifying is new (to me). These principles will also take some as much reflection as action. This isn't a book to ...more
Matthew Hussey
I've read a lot on productivity online, including the Zen Habits website. I knew this was a small book but I expected more new material, some expansion on his ideas and some worked examples. In particular I was looking for how he handled Projects, worked out his Tasks and , which is only briefly mentioned online. Unfortunately, I found almost nothing new and often I'd already read these words elsewhere in posts or in interviews given by him. I read this book in one sitting, and felt that it real ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
This guy obviously just read both *Getting Things Done* and *The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People* and mushed them together. I don’t necessarily dislike that. If anything, I’ve been looking for a system like the one described here. This book was written terribly, though. I don’t mean to be mean, but the author is obviously not a writer of any sorts. Lots of grammatical errors throughout. Many concepts are discussed (as acronyms, even) only to be properly introduced in a later section. The onl ...more
Arttu Malek
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A concentrated dose of productivity tips relying on 10 basic habits worth learning for everyone. This is book is not a one-time read, but rather a reference guide you'll come back to to refresh and strengthen your bond with the habit you chose to develop first. It has vivid examples, summaries and long explanations of each habit and ways in which they fit together. The system described in this book, ZTD, is a system of productivity that is a step away from GTD in an attempt to make things simple ...more
Ann L.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: high achievers
Recommended to Ann by: zenhabits: Leo Babauta
A simplified approach to organizing and planning your life (goals). For me personally, I knew most of the stuff in this book already, but for someone who needs help in this area, well, they may appreciate it more. You can read Leo Babauta's blog posts on and pretty much get all the information up there. Some ideas I took and others I found easier ways, but if you're a busy person to the point of pulling your hair out due to an unorganized stress, then this book is for you. I'm not ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most productivity books, if you've read a few, this one isn't revolutionary. Happily, that's sort of the point of this one. It's upfront about the fact that it's a mish-mosh of many previous systems, such as Getting Things Done and Covey's Seven Habits. This version simplifies and builds in some forgiveness for those times that one strays (as one always does, as humans are wont to do with any improvement plan, whether it's productivity or fitness/weight loss, etc.). It's quick and fairly to ...more
Suresh Vijendran
The main intention of this book is about Listing your tasks, Focusing on one big thing, and associate all others towards that one thing. Tips on not be distracted. it sometimes looks like the author is reiterating the same points again and again, but when you look into the intentions and the outcomes you will understand it better.

The good thing about this book is that you don't even have to read the full book the initial chapters itself give an overview, after that it is all about details.

Brad Lockey
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-audiobook
A very early morning audiobook listen, and at 1.75 X you breeze through this.
Zen to Done is simple and elegant.
But just like other strategies it only helps if you implement. I took some things away, so there is benefit.

Favourite quote(s):
“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” Leo Babauta
"Spend some time alone every day" Dalai Lama
"Talk doesn't cook rice" Chinese Proverb

Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could never get through David Allen’s “Getting Things Done.” It seemed like there were more things to getting things done than actual tasks to do. Zen To Done simplifies Allen’s system to the bare essentials. It isn’t a book as much as a series of blog posts. Each chapter is short but packed with practical advice for getting things done. There is no filler. The advice is easy to implement and works.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are two main things about this book: just try one new habit, and stick to it unit it really become a habit (the author suggests one month practicing each new habit). And the habits itself, there are a list of ten new habits.

For sure those two components really made me more confident than another productivity tools that I had seen.
Helfren Filex
What in the world you are most passionate about ? And dont answer-sleep. That remarks made me chuckle a little.

Zen To Done is a simple system on how to bring new habits into the daily life. There is a zen way to be able to improve your life and the complexity and dynamic of jobs in the current world.
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Good starting point for complete beginners - but if you've been working on your productivity for a are probably doing all this and more. I agree thought it's much simpler and efficient that David Allen's Getting things done ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great minimalist approach to Getting Things Done which will help to get things done. By creating small sustainable changes and focusing on results, good stuff
George Woodbury
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A perfect complement to David Allen's Getting Things Done. Definitely picked up some pointers for improving my GTD habits/system. ...more
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Leo Babauta is a simplicity blogger and author. He created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog (according to TIME magazine) with 260,000 subscribers,, and the best-selling books focus, The Power of Less, and Zen To Done.

Babauta is a former journalist of 18 years, a husband, father of six children, and in 2010 moved from Guam to San Francisco, where he leads a simple life.

He started Zen Habits to

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