One of the best things I’ve done in the past year, is get a good to-do list that I can really count on. That is different than alleviating stress by sitting down and making yet another list. A good list helps me let go of the to-do and know that I’ll see it later.
I have been using Hiveminder, which lets me tag to-dos with keywords so I can group all my like tasks. That way, I can let go of everything else, just for awhile, so I can focus only on what is important. And no matter where I am, if I think of something new, I can add it from any phone and then move on, let go.
The idea of letting go is a major topic in Mark Hurst’s Bit Literacy:
“When bits are infinite, the only way to thrive is to pick up the eraser. This is letting the bits go: always looking for reasons to delete, defer, or filter bits that come our way. Anything else allows the bits to pile up. Success comes when we get the square empty. Thus another way to describing bit literacy is the constant attempt, in a world of infinite bits, to achieve emptiness.”
If you’re ready to achieve emptiness, start with your inbox. Email is the nerve center of my life and probably yours, too. The key to email, as well as everything (to-dos, photos, news, blogs, and more) covered in Bit Literacy, is letting go. It’s the only productivity tip you need.