Get More Done With A Shorter “To-Do” List

November 12, 2010

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!

BG

2 responses to Get More Done With A Shorter “To-Do” List

  1. 

    Hi BG. I like your theory about the short list but I have found a running long list works best for me. Maybe it’s a little pride thing but I like looking back up the list to see all that I have done. It motivates me to continue adding to the list and crossing off my accomplishments. At my advanced age I need all the motivation I can get. Prayers and love to you all.

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  2. 

    This is very helpful. When my list is impossibly long, I don’t know where to start.

    When it’s short enough to actually be accomplished, I’m far more motivated to try to check each item off.

    There’s a reason I don’t always succeed in keeping my list manageable. Deciding what to take off is very difficult.

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