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Are You Working on Your Goals With Unfinished Business?

Are You Working on Your Goals With Unfinished Business?
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    When you set out on your journey to achieve your goals and your dream, one of the first things that you need to ensure is that you start on a clean slate and do not have hidden ghosts in your closet. This ensures that there are no distractions of any kind that will trouble you once you have started your journey towards your dreams. To ensure that you do a comprehensive job of cleaning up, make an exhaustive list of all the things that you have not done or have been postponing and get ready for the future. This list should include activities related to work, relationships and finances. Some of the things that you could consider are given below.

    In work, what are the things that you have not completed or seen to its end? Is there a work schedule that you have forgotten and contains a lot of things that you intended to do but have not? Is the office in a mess and does it need cleaning? Do you need to create an ideal working environment before you start to act on your new dream project?

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    Are there people you have been intending to meet and have not met up with in relation to your work? Have you claimed your medical bills and your travel reimbursement? Is there any equipment that is pending purchase approval? Have you been intending to say anything to your employees or employers?

    In your personal life and in the context of relationships, think of the people who are important to you and have contributed in your life. Have you acknowledged their role in your life? Are there people whom you have hurt on the way and would like to apologize? Are there any regrets, resentments and grudges that you hold? Are there people you would like to get close to but have not had the courage to tell them how much you admire and appreciate their work? Do you have half truths and lies n your closet, which you would like to clear?

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    Are there damaged relationships that you would like to repair? Have you lost touch with some friends from the past and keep thinking about them but never get to write to them or contact them? Make a list of people you would like to contact and touch base with.

    Your finances are another important aspect that you need to sort out before moving on. These can really come in your way if you have not ensured that you start on a fresh slate. Think of the people that owe you money, the loans that you have taken and the monthly installments that you need to pay. Does the balance due on your credit card statement keep mounting? Have you taken cognizance of all the future expenses that may come unexpected? Are your tax records up to date?

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    You will need all the time and a minimum of distractions to ensure that you can concentrate on achieving the goals that you set out to in minimum time. The lesser the distractions or issues pending, the more efficiently you will be able to work towards your goals.

    Vishal P. Rao share his insights and tips on holistic living at Relishing Life.

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    Last Updated on July 8, 2020

    What Everyone Is Wrong About Achieving Inbox Zero

    What Everyone Is Wrong About Achieving Inbox Zero

    Ah, Inbox Zero. An achievement that so many of us long for. It’s elusive. It’s a productivity benchmark. It’s an ongoing battle.

    It’s also unnecessary.

    Don’t get me wrong, the way Inbox Zero was initially termed is incredibly valuable. Merlin Mann coined the phrase years ago and what he has defined it as goes well beyond the term itself.[1]

    Yet people have created their own definition of Inbox Zero. They’re not using it with the intent that Mann suggested. Instead, it’s become about having nothing left in immediate view. It’s become about getting your email inbox to zero messages or having an empty inbox on your desk that was once filled with papers. It’s become about removing visual clutter.

    But it’s not about that. Not at all.

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    Here’s what inbox zero actually is, as defined by Mann:

    “It’s about how to reclaim your email, your atten­tion, and your life. That “zero?” It’s not how many mes­sages are in your inbox–it’s how much of your own brain is in that inbox. Especially when you don’t want it to be. That’s it.” – Merlin Mann

    The Fake Inbox Zero

    The sense of fulfillment one gets from clearing out everything in your inbox is temporary at best, disappointing at worst. Often we find that we’re shooting for Inbox Zero just so that we can say that we’ve got “everything done that needed to be done”. That’s simply not the case.

    Certainly, by removing all of your things that sit in your inbox means that they are either taken care of or are well on their way to being taken care of. The old saying “out of sight, out of mind” is often applied to clearing out your inbox. But unless you’ve actually done something with the stuff, it’s either not worth having in your inbox in the first place or is still sitting in your “mental inbox”.

    You have to do something with the stuff, and for many people, that is a hard thing to do. That’s why Inbox Zero – as defined by Mann – is not achieved as often as many people would like to believe. It’s this “watered down” concept of Inbox Zero that is completed instead. You’ve got no email in your inbox and you’ve got no paper on your desk’s inbox. So that must mean you’re at Inbox Zero.

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    Until the next email arrives or the next document comes your way. Then you work to get rid of those as quickly as possible so that you can get back to Inbox Zero: The Lesser again. If it’s something that can be dealt with quickly, then you get there. But if they require more time, then soon you’ve got more stuff in your inboxes. So you switch up tasks to get to the things that don’t require as much time or attention so that you can get closer to this stripped down variation of Inbox Zero.

    However, until you deal with the bigger items, you don’t quite get there. Some people feel as if they’ve let themselves (or others) down if they don’t get there. And that, quite frankly, is silly. That’s why this particular version of Inbox Zero doesn’t work.

    The Ultimate Way to Get to Inbox Zero

    So what’s the ultimate way to get to Inbox Zero?

    Have zero inboxes.

    The inbox is meant to be a stop along the way to your final destination. It’s the place where stuff sits until you’re ready to put it in the place where it sits until you’re ready to deal with it.

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    So why not skip the inbox altogether? Why not put it in the place where it sits until you’re ready to deal with it? Because that requires immediate action. It means you need to give the item some thought and attention.

    You need to step back and look at it rather than file it. That’s why we have a catch-all inbox, both for email and for analog items. It allows us to only look at these things when we’re ready to do so.

    The funny thing is that we can decide when we’re ready to without actually looking at the inbox beforehand. We can look at things on our own watch rather than when we are alerted to or feel the need to.

    There is no reason why you need an inbox at all to store things for longer than it sits there before you see it. None. It’s a choice. And the choice you should be making is how to deal with things when you first see them, rather than when to deal with things you haven’t looked at yet.

    Stop Faking It

    Seeing things in your inboxes is simply using your sight. Looking at things in your inbox when you first see them is using insight.

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    Stop checking email more than twice per day. Turn off your alerts. Put your desk’s inbox somewhere that it can be accessed by others and only accessed by you when you’re ready to deal with what’s in it. Don’t put it on your desk – that’s productivity poison.

    If you want to get to Inbox Zero — the real Inbox Zero — then get rid of those stops along the way. You’ll find that by doing that, you’ll be getting more of the stuff you really want done finished much faster, rather than see them moving along at the speed of not much more than zero.

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    Reference

    [1] Merlin Mann: Inbox Zero

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