To-do Lists and Reminders

More Energy Project Day #8

Today I started the day with a red eye coffee at my local café. I like working in the morning and this morning I feel energized for the first time in several weeks. I think this energy project is starting to pay off.

Wednesday is usually a killer for me, but today I changed the routine and took the day of to do the work I want to do.

I have tried to structure my tasks for years. I always have a list of to-dos that I never get to do. My to-do list is draining me for energy. I have read one article after the other about how to manage my to-do list, but it never works for me. Leo from ZenHabits is more radical and suggests that I kill my to-do list. I’m not sure I can do that either, but reading his post made me think.

To-dos are usually thing I should have done. The deadline is usually due. Leo suggests using reminders in the calendar if there are things that has to be done at a certain time. Reminders are usually things that have to be done but the deadline is not due yet.

Thing I should have done drain me for energy, but reminders don’t. Sometimes reminders can do the exact opposite. Maybe Leo is right; kill the to-do list? I don’t need to be reminded of all things I haven’t done and never will.

I’m thinking that maybe the trick is to develop a system of reminders that ensures that I get things done before the deadline is due? That would certainly give me more energy.

If I kill my to-dos then that would still leave me with a bunch of things that I haven’t done yet – but maybe I can give them a new deadline?

How do you get things done?

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