by using a checklist in a new and different way.
If your to-do list could speak, what would it say to you?
Many of us have complicated relationships with our daily checklist of tasks — we ignore it, resent it, or we can’t find it!
You don’t have to use a checklist every single day for the rest of your life. But it’s good — essential, really — for everyone to have a favorite productivity system that they’re playing with and fine-tuning.
Haven’t Been Successful Using a Checklist? Try Again!
Everyone knows what it feels like to start a list and then set it aside and not use it. But that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t significant value in creating the list in the first place. And it definitely doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make a fresh attempt!
Trust the Process: the Value of a To-Do List
I’m a big believer that task lists have great value, even if you “fall off the wagon.” The very act of creating the list in the first place — even if you lose the list 2 hours later! — is clarifying.
Making lists help you spill out the contents of your cluttered brain so that you see what you have to do objectively. This quiets the mind. Even if it turns out to be an outrageously long list (it’s not uncommon for CEOs to have to-do lists with 150 items on it!), hey, at least you know what needs to be done. That’s a good first step.
“…I’m a big believer that task lists have
great value, even if you ‘fall off the wagon”
Making the Most of Each Checklist
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“…making lists help you spill out
the contents of your cluttered brain
so that you see what you have to do objectively”
The short video above, is from the early days of instantDane.tv (back when it was still called “BionicButler”); I keep the video because I still think it’s helpful, and I still believe in its central idea. I share essential tips to help you get the most out of your lists, so that you can become even more organized and accomplished!