Tuesday, May 20, 2008 | Categories: Blog
Sure it's easy to tackle those to-do tasks that you're really charged up about, but what about those pesky, 'woulda, coulda, shoulda' tasks that you just can't bring yourself to take on?
Productivity expert, Merlin Mann, founder of 43folders.com, has these tips for taking the bull by the horns and 'cringe-busting' your to-do list:
1. Break It Down: Is this really task or is it a whole project? "Go to France" is not a task (it's a project); "Check travel site for cheap flights to Paris" is a great task.
2. Find the block: What's really stopping you from doing the thing you need to do? Is there a modest task that you could do that would make things more do-able? EG, before you "Call Ticketmaster about refund" you might want to "Find Ticketmaster phone number." Important: notice these are short, easy, physical verbs.
Merlin says these are tips from David Allen's Getting Things Done school of thought.
3. Kill it: Make sure that stuff on your to-do list is still alive and valid. Do NOT stick with a dead task out of sentimentality. A good to-do list must be ALIVE. You don't get stuff done by lying to yourself.
For more great productivity tips, check out Merlin Mann's website 43folders.com