Are you a to-do list person? I know they are popular tool for getting things done, but I don’t use them. Why? I go into all the reasons in this week’s episode along with what I do instead. The result? Clarity, major progress in a small amount of time, ability enjoy spending time my kids instead of feeling interrupted, and I’m able to “get it all” done and have a break. Have a listen today for a simple alternative to the ever growing to-do list!

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Key Points from this Episode:

Pros of a To-do List:

  • Get everything out of your brain into one place

Cons of a To-do list:

  • Tells your brain you need to do all of it right now (possible exception – when you have a major deadline like moving and there is a lot to do right now)
  • Creates unhealthy precedent that checking everything off your list is most important
  • Not an end in sight. Easy to end the day looking at all that isn’t accomplished with hopes of being faster/more efficient tomorrow
  • Recipe for exhaustion and feeling like you are on a treadmill. 
  • Looking at all those things every time you need to do something is making a ton of micro decisions which leads to decision fatigue. It is real and has a huge impact on the rest of your day – even your child asking you a question.
  • You don’t get a real break

What I do instead:

  • Plan My weeks, not my days
  • Start by choosing my big 3 for the week
  • Break down into context based todos
  • It is a finite list I make on Sunday in my weekly planning. I choose what is most important this week and some nice tos, and let the rest go
  • When I have a moment, look at the context – just a handful of things so only making a few choices
  • make massive progress in a small amount of time
  • End the week usually checking off most everything – if not everything. Get a break and rest in my brain. No treadmill.
  • Pick priorities again next week.

From the Episode

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