Productivity is something we can all benefit from, and there are a lot of ways you can work to improve your productivity. To-do lists are one of many activities people use to become more productive and ensure nothing falls through the cracks. But there is a major divide when it comes to to-do lists. There are those who believe that lists help keep them accountable and on track, and those who believe that lists do nothing more than create an environment of stress.
- The whole point of a to-do list — even a really snazzy color-coded one — is to eventually throw it away.
- You win the productivity game when you accomplish everything you set out to, or so conventional thinking goes.
- Except maybe conventional thinking is wrong; maybe there’s a less obvious path to productivity.
“the process of thinking ahead about the steps involved can help prime you to do the work ahead. First you need to do research; then you need to write, then you need to revise. And there are probably other, smaller steps along the way.”