James Clear

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Author of the #1 NYT bestseller Atomic Habits. I write about building better habits.

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There’s something fake about most productivity advice. Don’t bother: - completing every todo list item - responding to every email - finishing every book It’s not how productive people actually live. These proxies for productivity have little to do with getting actual results.

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Each day creates surface area for new opportunities. The longer you live, the more ideas, people, and options you encounter. Without active pruning, the natural path of any to-do list is to grow. As a result, a key skill in life is deciding what shouldn’t be done.

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Focus and simplicity are connected. If you can't focus, then start cutting things out. When only the essential remains, it becomes easy to pay attention to the right thing.

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A simple question I'm trying to remember to answer before diving into "all the work" I have to do... "What will happen if I don't do this?" It's remarkable how many things can be eliminated from your to-do list.

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