When comparing The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People vs Zen To Done, the Slant community recommends Zen To Done for most people. In the question“What are the best books on Productivity?” Zen To Done is ranked 1st while The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose Zen To Done is:
The author of Zen To Done realizes the potential in the book ["Getting Things Done"](http://www.slant.co/topics/3736/viewpoints/1/~what-are-the-best-books-on-productivity~getting-things-done-the-art-of-stress-free-productivity), but acknowledges the ways in which it can be discouraging for some people, and a hard lifestyle change to maintain. Zen To Done applies those same concepts presented in "Getting Things Done", but with a much slower approach.
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Pro Teaches habits that can be applied in all situations
The author emphasizes the importance of creating habits that can be applied in all aspects of life, rather than specific to productivity in specific situations.
Pro Adaptation of "Getting Things Done"
The author of Zen To Done realizes the potential in the book "Getting Things Done", but acknowledges the ways in which it can be discouraging for some people, and a hard lifestyle change to maintain.
Zen To Done applies those same concepts presented in "Getting Things Done", but with a much slower approach.
Pro Suggests that not all changes be made at once
Where many productivity books encourage you to start everything at once, Zen To Done takes a different approach.
Realizing that making a large number of changes at once can be discouraging, it suggests that you take your time implementing the changes (recommending a year to do so).
Con Verbose and overly complex
The author has taken fairly simple concepts, and explained them in ways that are complex and unnecessarily intellectualized.
Explanations are stretched out by using a verbose and repetitive writing style.
Con Plenty of typos
Though the occasional typo tends to make it through to publication, this book has more than it's fair share. The number of typos and other errors (such as incorrectly numbered lists) can get distracting and cause some confusion.
Con Ideas are rehashed throughout the book
The author takes his initial suggestions and repeats them frequently throughout the book, which feels like an attempt to fill pages. It makes for a somewhat dull read.