What I’m about to say is sacrilege. It goes against every bit of advice today’s productivity experts lend. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and am just going to put it out there… Don’t write down every possible to-do or task you have to do. I know, “if you don’t write it down then it is taking space in your head.”
The way I see it is that if you write everything down your endless lists become useless. You have so much to do and so many possibilities. To improve your quality of life I suggest you write down the to-dos that are important and just let the other stuff go. Each time you think of something that could be done I want you to run it through the “Is this important” filter.
Deciding what’s important isn’t as easy as it sounds, but it’s not that hard either. It just takes a bit of thought.
Getting clarity around your goals, dreams, values and needs makes it easier. Read my blog post on 10 minute goal setting http://bit.ly/1vLUlOb or consider hiring a coach or doing some reading to help you determine what is “most important” for you. Once you have some structure to “what is important” it will help you to cast off those time-sucking obligations and “shoulds” that weigh you down.
Only when you can focus your time, energy and financial resources on the things that help you live in the way you want to live will you truly be productive. So this week, instead of putting everything on your list, ask yourself “what can I leaving off?” A list of 5 important items is much more effective than an endless list of stuff. Go ahead – defy the experts and leave I off. I can’t wait to hear what will happen.