I have become a big believer in what I read somewhere (unfortunately I don’t remember where – anyone else have that challenge?). The statement is – long lists don’t get done.
I have come to the conclusion that if you have more than three or four things on your daily “To-Do” list, then you are just fooling yourself and headed towards discouragement. One thing, I struggled with, was that thinking that a very long to-do list was somehow indicative of my busyness which somehow reflected my “importance”. Not only is that just plain prideful, it is foolish.
In that spirit, I was recently reading an article on the 99% website entitled “If It Won’t Fit On A Post-It, It Won’t Fit In Your Day”. Great article & I would recommend you add reading it to your “to-do” list today!
One statement he makes pretty well sums up what I have learned over the years – “The solution turned out to be counterintuitive: I got more done by making my to-do list shorter.”
Having a long to-do list may be impressive, but if you are truly concerned about becoming more effective, shorten your list and narrow your focus on the truly important things – you will be pleasantly surprised at the results.
Have a blessed weekend!