To-do lists can be as frustrating as they are useful. Some days to do lists seem like an awesome tool. Then on other days they seem like instruments of torture, mocking my efforts and goals.
So let’s stick with the process and see if we can tweak it to be more beneficial.
Is a doable to do list possible?
I know I tend to proliferate on my to-do list. There are so many things I want to do in a day, so many things I feel I should do in a day. It is hard, but essential, to keep the to-do list pared down.
I keep my daily list on an index card in order to keep it short and simple.
But still I feel the impulse, the pull, to keep adding more and more to the daily list. How can I limit it to 3-5 things when there is so much to do?
The rule of three applied to your to do list.
The rule of three is a writing principle that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things.
Things are better in threes. Three is manageable. You can wrap your head around three.
The index card format is already set up in 3 sections, and I find it much too tempting to add three things to each section instead of limiting myself to the one most important.
So, what I’ve started doing is to allow myself to list 3 tasks in each of the three categories, then marking the one essential, most important task in each section with a red star.
Those three starred items, then, are my MITs for the day: Most Important Things.
Until those things are done, I need to not browse Pinterest, do low-priority sorting or cleaning, or other recreational activities.
More to-do list tips
Also check out my other posts on this topic:
- Simple Systems: Daily Index Card
- Simplified Organization Video Tutorial: Mystie’s Daily Index Card To-Do List
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