With The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Organizing and Decluttering, author Marie Kondo started a tidying frenzy that took hold of die-hard minimalists and veteran housewives alike. And with good reason: Kondo’s method, dubbed the KonMari Method™, is simple to implement, is effective, and can be applied beyond the organization of material belongings.
When applied to your task list, the KonMari Method™ becomes a powerful framework for creating order in your schedule, and therefore your life. The method has just two tasks: discard and designate. As to the order, Kondo writes, “[D]iscarding must come first … You can think about where to put things when you’ve finished getting rid of everything you don’t need.”
When it comes to tidying up your to-do list, the most efficient way to get rid of unnecessary tasks is by using the four Ds of Time Creation:
Delete, Delegate, Defer, and Do.