So why are to-do lists a myth, and how to make best use of them?
1.Write, Don’t Type
“When you write down your ideas, you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.” ~Michael Lebœuf
So why writing?
Simply because when you write you to-do list you can enjoy the feeling of physically crossing things off of your list; you can’t get the same satisfaction from clicking a box on a computer screen.
While this reason should be enough to make you write your to-do list, there is more…
It’s more effective to write things down on a physical list! Because:
1) When you write things down on your list, you store it, in a sense, in two ways: visually and kinesthetically (by using the muscles in your arm, hand, and fingers to write)
The point is: don’t be fooled by those to-do lists sites like Remember the Milk or Google Calendar’s Task List because eventually it’ll become a real hassle for you to have to login, input, update and delete you tasks day-in and day-out.
2.Write on Both Sides of the Paper
I will assume in this part that you decided to write you to-do list on a piece of paper.
So what should you do?
Most people plan their to-do list on the day itself, which isn’t effective as planning their list the day before. When you plan your list on the day itself, it’s reactive planning, since the day has already started. You’re already off on a late start. On the other hand, when you prepare it the night before, you can get off and running once you wake up.
How about you?
Have you ever spend so much time creating you to-do list that you didn’t have time to actually do anything on the list?
Please share in the comments.