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Why We Continue to Rely on (and Love) To-Do Lists

Why We Continue to Rely on (and Love) To-Do Lists

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The science behind to-do lists

Consider it done! is a research paper written by E. J. Masicampo and Roy F. Baumeister. The authors state that once we commit to a particular plan of action to complete a task, we think less about that task.

We have, on average, about 15 ongoing goals and p...

To-do lists are effective to keep us aware of our goals. Simply maintaining awareness of our goals helps us to feel disciplined.

But there is a downside too. To-do lists are not enough to help us commit to the work. A to-do list can be a way of postponing work. It is too ea...

When we plan to complete a task, 

  • we ease the stress we may feel to remind ourselves that we need to constantly do this thing.
  • we have to figure out what actions we need to take to finish the task and how and when to do them.

When w...

Making a to-do list takes effort, so use one for new and difficult tasks, not for daily tasks like clearing your inbox or getting dressed.

It is useful to move more of your tasks into the "automatic" space so that you need to spend less effort thinking abou...

Make the things you do more fun, such as listening to a podcast while you jog.

Remind yourself why you are doing this important work. For example, instead of putting off your research project, think of the people you will help.

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I swear by To-Do Lists on my Post-Its, only to realize I plan more than I can execute. Keep it time-bound and task-oriented, rather than a list of checkboxes.

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