Bringing the two concepts together, we discover that Getting Things Done (GTD) has a lot to gain from Minimalism as a way of thinking. Have a look:
Feeling like your productivity is lacking? Wondering how to get more done in the day? Feeling disorganized and disoriented? A lot of people respond to this kind of stress by trying to multi-task and making their life even more complicated. Instead, why not adopt some minimalist habits that will boost your productivity, increase your focus and stop running yourself ragged.
1. Learn to say No: Most of us end up spending a lot of time doing favors for people or taking on responsibility because we want to prove a point. The good news is that doing these things isn’t inherently a problem. The bad news is, once you start, you’re more likely to do it again and again until you feel swamped. Prioritizing between commitments and drawing the line to the number of things you want to do in a day is important to be able to do things on time, and do them well. If you’re in the habit of saying Yes to everything and “having a heart of gold,” it’s time to change.
2. Organize your workspace: Working in a cleaner, tidier space can boost your productivity and mood. So, organize wisely. Keep the bare minimum of things you need in sight and then create a hierarchy of importance and utilize the desk drawers. Work stations are meant to be efficient, not debilitating. Get into the habit of cleaning out your desk at the end of every day and beginning every morning with the bare minimum of visual distraction.
3. Get rid of paper: Surplus papers not only get in the way visually but also leave you with mental clutter: misplaced files, forgetting reports at home, sifting through sheafs of identical papers; no thanks! Start digitizing your work space as much as possible and meticulously organize your filing space to cut down on distraction and inefficiency. The minimalist way is, after all, about minimizing first and foremost.
4. Focus on one task at a time: The golden rule of getting things done the minimalist way is to take on one task at a time, and focus on doing it well. Make a prioritized list of your tasks and do the most important one first. It’s really that simple. You will find that with everything on paper your mind is more free to focus on what you’re doing. The clearer your mind is, the easier it will be to process. Although it is tempting to try to multi-task and either rim press others or be done faster, you actually usually end up taking more time to do the task and do both of them less well than you would if you gave them each your undivided attention.
5. Recognize the importance of enough: Minimalism teaches you essential lessons about recognizing the importance of things in your life. Getting rid of old clothes or de-cluttering an old shelf is difficult because we think that holding on to these things will keep us happy, while all it really does is clutter our living and work spaces and make us feel overloaded. The minimalist way asks us to identify the real value of our material belongings and how we spend our time every day. Do you need 2 hours on social media after work, or would you feel satisfied with half an hour? Does sacrificing a weekend to get ahead on work really make you a better employee, or would leaving it until Monday and going on a trip be the better choice? Most importantly, recognize that you are enough and that by streamlining your life, you can be more productive, happier and just as (maybe even more!) valuable as an employee or entrepreneur without feeling stressed or overloaded.