Ditch The To-Do List And Get Shit Done



Am I harping on about this? Probably. But it’s such a universal phenomenon, and it’s the bane of our existence: The feeling that we should do more.

The Should (with capital “s”).

We’re more stressed, dysfunctional, mentally unhealthy ever, and at the same time, we feel like a failure for not being perfect in every last area of life: Health, exercise, money, career, love, friendships, and of course looking amazing.

Here’s how to stop the madness, feel good about yourself, and get shit done.

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Task 1: Ditch the to-do list


As the title says, this is about kicking to the curb the favourite tool of modern times’ perfection tyranny: The to-do list. Just chuck it.

A to-do list is like a physical reminder of the all the “should”s in your life. It shows, black on white, what you haven’t accomplished yet – it’s a recipe for feeling bad about yourself!

Get rid of it, and do the following instead.

Task 2: Get smart about reminders


You may protest that your to-do list reminds you of things you need to do. I’m all for writing down tasks, but a to-do list is not the place for them.

If you haven’t done it yet, learn to use the calendar on your smartphone or your computer – bonus points if it synchs between your devices – and put in appointments, invites, and anything else you don’t want to forget.

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Task 3: Focus


Every day in the morning, pull out your calendar and check if you have any appointments that day. Once you have an idea, pick out two things to focus on.

Don’t make it more than two things, or maybe three. You’re allowed to do more, but only put two or three on your focus that absolutely have to get done. Also make sure one of them is a passion.

You’ll be suprised how much you get done, and how good you feel about yourself. Try it!