I hate to do lists. I have lived with them for most of my adult life, but I have never liked them. The reason is simple. You never “win” at the end of the day against a to do list. You always leave work feeling as if you only did half of what you should have done.
There is a way to feel a bit better. That is to isolate a “top 3” things sub-list that have to get done. Do those, and the rest can wait. I do that and I like it.
But I also want to win at the end of the day. I want to walk out of my office feeling as if I have achieved great stuff. To get there, I need an “anti-to do” list. Kat Boogaard explains
Basically, this strategy works backwards from its traditional counterpart. Rather than writing down things you need to do, you write down the things you’ve already done — whether they’re big projects or little action items.
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