Yesterday, I started reading the book “Essentialism” which was recommended to me by a friend.
I was shocked when I realized that the way I was teaching and explaining the My Tasks view in Asana is perfectly aligned with the model described in the book.
“I choose to” → you decide what goes at the top of your My Tasks, not others
“Only a few things really matter” → if you have dozens of priorities, they aren’t
“What are the trade-offs?” → you need to move thing down in order to only have a few at the top
“Pauses to discern what really matter” → take a step back and look at your list at least once a day
“Says ‘no’ to everything except the essential” → placing something in your secondary bucket is a way to say no
“Removes obstacles to make execution easy” → the very first task at the top of my My Tasks is what I should be doing, it shouldn’t be my triage section
“Choose carefully in order to do great work” → triaging a My Tasks view is all about choosing
“Feels in control” → when I have only 3 items in my top priority section, I feel in total control
“Gets the right things done” → I chose the top tasks based on my company goals, my team priority and my own availability
“Experiences joy in the journey” → what a pleasure to maintain a clean list of tasks, and tackle them one by one
Feels pretty aligned, right?