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The science behind to-do lists

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 projects at any given time, each goal with its own set of milestones. We also know unfinished goals can be a burden, so we offload them onto a to-do list. We feel relieved from the need to hold on to it mentally. 

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When we plan to complete a task, 

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

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.

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

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