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Tiago Forte
1/ I've finally realized how the way I think about tasks is so different from most people: I see them as options, not as obligations
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
Replying to @fortelabs
2/ Each task is a possible pathway, a proposed alternate universe, a hypothesis that X action will lead to Y outcome. But it's only a hypothesis, and there are thousands of them, and I only get to test a few hypotheses a day. So I have to pick carefully
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
Replying to @fortelabs
3/ Because I feel no implicit obligation to actually *do* any given task I capture, making up as many as I can becomes almost like a game. I can capture silly tasks, paradoxical tasks, outrageous tasks, counterintuitive tasks, bizarre tasks, existential tasks. The more the better
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Jamie Sutton Mar 6
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love this perspective
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
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4/ And I've found the more I capture, the less obligation I feel. The less attached I become to any particular one. As they accumulate by the hundred, any remaining lingering idea that I might someday complete them all evaporates
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
Replying to @fortelabs
5/ So paradoxically, as I accumulate more and more, the horizon that I'm focusing on gets nearer and nearer. I'm not optimizing for some far-off mystical "task list completion," I'm trying to maximize the quality of each day's options
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
Replying to @fortelabs
6/ This leads me to some strange places, such as putting off tasks that might seem both urgent AND important, but that don't optimize a given day. I find myself willing to pay the consequences of postponing even serious tasks, because I know there is an endless series of them
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
Replying to @fortelabs
7/ This makes me come off as shortsighted and hedonistic, to others and even myself. I really do optimize for each day, doing the tasks that make me feel most alive. I have zero self-discipline, and find it almost impossible to complete tasks I don't enjoy
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
Replying to @fortelabs
8/ My saving grace is that I package everything up in neat packets, and a surprising number of urgent and important tasks can be solved using a combination of these packets
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
Replying to @fortelabs
9/ This is a different kind of creativity, a bureaucracy-navigation skill I think I learned from the Brazilian "jogo de cintura," or "game of the hips." It's a kind of fatalistic patience combined with wild maneuvering that's also apparent in the way they play soccer
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
Replying to @fortelabs
10/ This approach depends on being able to manage large numbers of tasks. And you need a certain carefree boldness to dramatically discard, reshape, demote and promote, and occasionally "refactor" your task database as new priorities emerge
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Visakan Veerasamy Mar 6
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It’s cool to me how we are somehow really similar and really different at the same time
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
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11/ In contrast to how I see most ppl use their task list, as a kind of sacred mandate of immutable obligations that they can do nothing to push forward or back, demote or promote, redefine or simply discard. People love to have a boss, and they will make one out of their tasks
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
Replying to @visakanv
Yeah we've gotta co-facilitate that webinar one of these days
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Bold as Love Mar 6
Replying to @fortelabs
Nice insight. I notice this profile more and more in the young of today. Like hippie redux, but instead of rejecting the extant *structures*, this time there are no such structures to reject.
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Karl Nieberding Mar 6
Replying to @fortelabs @visakanv
Yes, ready for the collab
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Visakan Veerasamy Mar 6
Replying to @fortelabs
What’s the first step? I’d love to, though I’m not sure how to properly interface with you in a way that makes sense for you + your work
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Tiago Forte Mar 6
Replying to @visakanv
DMing
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Thread Reader App Mar 7
Bonjour please find the unroll here: Thread by : "1/ I've finally realized how the way I think about tasks is so different from most people: I see them as options, not as […]" Have a good day. 🤖
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Rama Ramakrishnan Mar 7
Replying to @fortelabs
Really interesting reframe. Wonder if removing the check mark box (that precedes the task description) makes it a bit easier to look at tasks as options rather than obligations?
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