Worried about all the things you need to accomplish? Obsessing over your to-do list saps your energy and makes the tasks even harder to conquer, Tony Schwartz writes. "The counterintuitive secret to getting things done is to make them more automatic, so they require less energy," Schwartz writes, citing five "rituals" he has developed to help ensure that he doesn't "get derailed by the endlessly alluring trivia of everyday life."

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