• Woody

Day 216

Updated: Oct 1, 2019


I've never had much success with To Do Lists.

They have always seemed to leave me a bit overwhelmed. Maybe it has something to do with the dreaded list that awaited my sisters and me on the kitchen counter every Saturday morning (don't you dare correct my sisters and me is, indeed, grammatically correct). The list of chores my father prepared for us kept us from spending the entirety of our weekends having fun with our friends (little did I know, that if I got out of bed at 8 instead of 12, I would've finished my part with plenty of day left).

I'm thankful, now, for the work ethic that the list helped me earn, but I credit much of my To Do List aversion to those Saturday mornings.

Ultimately, it's my fault. My To Do Lists have been much easier to add to than subtract from for a couple of different reasons. First, an overall lack of discipline, and second, some of the tasks have been too monumental.

So I'm trying again, using some advice from James Clear. I'm making my To Do List simpler. I've started a list at work made up primarily of things that take only a couple of minutes to get done. There are a couple of larger tasks on there because, let's face it, that's life.

James Clear's 2 minute rule is directed more toward habit forming, and the habit I'm trying to form is checking off more boxes on my To Do List. So I'll call it the 2 minute rule for my To Do List. It has a compound effect. When combined with David Allen's 2 minute rule (if it takes 2 minutes or less to complete a task, I have to do it), which I have already been following, I don't have a choice but to check some boxes. And if I work for 2 minutes on a bigger project, I'm already doing it, so I might as well do a little bit more.

I got quite a bit of work done this morning. Using the two 2 minute rules together feels like it is going to be a great way to help me build better habits that will help me to be more productive on a daily basis.

I am excited about getting better at getting things done!



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