I’m a recovering to-do list addict.
I love them!! I love checking things off my list; I love re-writing my list when it gets messy; I love – love – LOVE to-do lists. In fact, I get so much satisfaction out of making the list that there’s no real urgency to actually do the list.
Know what I mean?…
You see, a to-do list is a great form of procrastination disguised as productivity and strong work ethic.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have a to-do list. It’s a gigantic post-it on my wall.
But, everything on my to-do list meets a certain criteria.
If something is list worthy, it must require at least 20 minutes of my time – no ifs, ands, or buts about it. If it doesn’t, I make the decision to accomplish the task right then and there, or I move it to the 3rd Friday of every month where I designate my time to knocking out as many bullshit tasks as possible.
Because who needs a list full of bullshit adminstrivia?
In the time it takes to write “call hair salon to schedule an appointment,” I could actually call the salon and make an appointment.
By being specific about my list, I’m being discerning about my time. If it’s on my to-do list, it’s meaningful and will make a big difference in my day and business goals. If it’s not, it will get done on a day reserved for quick and easy tasks.
And guess what? I am SO productive, as a result.
Because that long to-do list does nothing but cause overwhelm.
When facing your monstrous list every day, how do you know where to start?
Which results in you NOT starting.
Which results in the list growing.
Which results in more overwhelm.
Which results in getting even less done.
So, this week, I challenge you to make changes to your to-do list. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how this helps you get it done now, not later.