Kick the “TO-DO” to the curb
Has personal experience convinced you that what’s on your to-do list and what you actually spend your time doing don’t match-up?
Data collected shows that 41 percent of to-do list items never get done, and only 15 percent of completed tasks were ever on a to-do list in the first place.
“Psychologists Robert Emmons and Laura King discovered that the anxiety that results from having too many conflicting goals causes our productivity as well as our physical and mental health to suffer,” reports the book, “so the to-do list gives and takes. It helps us remember the many things we have to tackle. At the same time, it’s a nagging tool that can induce unhealthy, disarming anxiety.”
I used to picture my life spinning out of control without my to-do list, but in reality, it was spinning out of control because of my list.
Dump the to-do list and replace it with a record of all your small wins and achievements instead.
As Andreessen explains, using this technique means that “each time you do something, you get to write it down and you get that little rush of endorphins that the mouse gets every time he presses the button in his cage and gets a food pellet.”
Taking stock of what you’ve accomplished provides critical fuel.
A to-do list is just an excuse to procrastinate.
Making progress–even small wins–on meaningful work is the most powerful motivator.
Don’t lose sight of what actually needs doing in order to fulfill what you think needs to be done.
Your “DONE LIST” will energize you.
Let’s try it TODAY!