The Death of the To-Do List

So, let’s think for a moment about our To-Do Lists.

First, there are just two basic types of To Do List people:

  1. Those who make the list and keep slogging through adding and crossing out…sometime, they even like to write down an item they already completed, just to get to cross it off!
  2. Those who make the list and loose it…to find it later and rejoice momentarily about how much they actually did!

Here’s the problem: To-Do Lists are depressing and frustrating for most people.  The reason is pretty simple; they never end!  Really, we add and add and add.  Yes, we cross off and cross off, but it never feels like progress is happening.  If you feel progress you are either an exception, or are great a pretending!

Moreover, To-Do Lists are often used as a place to hold everything you might do someday (or worse yet, everything you SHOULD do someday).  So, in this morphing role of of the To Do List really needs to be laid to rest.

In it’s place se recommend the Will-Do List.  This is a special list that is close-ended.  We show you some special tricks for using a Will-Do List in The One Success Habit (You Can’t Do Without), but in the meantime just try the following:

Make a list of the things you know you will do this next week (yes, make the list right now and be sure to write the beginning and ending dates at the top). If you aren’t sure, then it doesn’t go on this list.  Now carry it with you and ONLY add items that you know you will get done that week.

Now, prepare to be blown away at how different the feeling, and how better the focus, you experience this week.

It’s only the beginning!


Fred Ray Lybrand

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