Love ’em or hate ’em, they have a value.
So many times these lists can be a burden because they just get abused. Too much on them and they have little relevance and get ignored.
In Tim Ferriss’ book, ‘The 4-Hour Workweek‘ (really!), he suggests that you have a to-do list that is no more than 3 inches square (and write normal size too!).
By having a small number of do-able activities each day there are at least five benefits:-
* You focus only on priorities
* Successful achievement of your list builds self-belief
* You gain ‘spare’ time that gives you flexibility to spend more time with your people, building relationships
* Things which last for weeks speculatively on your old style list don’t depress you.
* You bin your list each day with a flourish and carry nothing over. It’s amazing at the sense of freedom this can give you.
Try buying a pack of those square refill blocks of paper from your local stationers and give this a shot for a week.
You may well be surprised at the value it brings to your day.
PS Ferris reckons that you can achieve a ‘4-hour Workweek‘ through outsourcing work, especially if you are an entrepreneur.
If you are employed, you could read ‘creative delegation’ for ‘outsourcing’ and still utilize the value of the concept.