To-Do List – what makes some successful task managers

to-do-listEveryone has a to-do list. Even if you keep it in your head, everyone has one. I use a simple app on my iPhone that syncs with the same app on my iPad and on my desktop to manage my to-do list. This is a recent replacement for a technology I used for 30 years, 3×5 note cards (preferably un-ruled) that stuck out of my shirt pocket.

Regardless of the to-do list technology employed, I am sure that your to-do list is almost always longer than can be fulfilled and increasingly filled with “overdue” tasks. Mine is chronically creeping in that direction.

A recent article on Brain Pickings (BrainPickins.org) “A Brief History of the To-Do List and the Psychology of Its Success” by Maria Popova reviewed some recent research ((1)) ) that touches on two useful points. Continue reading

Footnotes:
  1. mostly focused on a chapter about to-do lists, the third chapter, titled “A Brief History of the To-Do List, From God to Drew Carey,” in Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister []

Seize Your Time – step away from “managing” time towards seizing your time

I have written earlier about the strangeness of the concept of “time management”((1)), but I continue to bump into elements of the vast industry of time management consulting((2)).  And clients continue to wrestle with how to use their time more effectively.  All of this means that I am continuing to sharpen my practices. Continue reading

Footnotes:
  1. in my posting, “Time Management – is now the time to get beyond this distracting oxymoron?” []
  2. I am hardly the only person to note the fallacy of “time management”,here is David E. Allen of Getting Things Done fame on this point []