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Discard first

Your to-do list may be stuffed with half-baked ideas, empty projects, and tasks you forgot to check off. Make a complete inventory of all the tasks and projects on your to-do list. Then see what you can delete. The purpose is to cut away the nonessential to make space for what's important to you now.

As you do your inventory, ask yourself:

  • Does this task bring you closer to the life you want to live?
  • Some items you have to keep, such as doing your taxes.
  • If you don't want to let go of long-standing tasks, such as writing a book, save it in a "Maybe later" file and archive it.

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Give every task a place

Now that you have the right tasks, it's time to sort and organize. Every task on your to-do list should be related to your goal.

  • Keep your projects visible. Seeing every project you've committed to keeps you from adding too many.
  • Seq...

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Before you start, consider your destination

We can't know what is worth doing if we don't know where we are going.

  • Before touching any clutter, visualise what it would mean to have a clutter-free to-do list. Maybe you want to have a successful business, or get in shape.
  • Then i...

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Decluttering a to-do list

Decluttering a to-do list

Your to-do list should be an extension of your mind. It's a way of storing away tomorrow's work so that you can focus on what you have to do today.

However, if we don't regularly tidy up our list, it can get cluttered. Instead of a reliable to-do list, it ...

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Marie Kondo

"To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose."

MARIE KONDO

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Change your mindset first, then your habits

Once your task list is clear and aligned with your goals, take steps to keep it clear.

  • For every new task that comes to your to-do list, ask if it leads to your vision. If not, discard it immediately.
  • Unhelpful tasks will sneak in from time ...

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"Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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The Not-to-do List

A list of tasks you simply don't do: You delete them, delegate them, outsource them or simply say no when they try to find their way on your to-do list:

  • Things you want to say no
  • Distractions from being productive
  • Regular tasks you can delete, de...

Eliminate

See if you can cut your tasks and projects lists in half. Then try to cut them even further a few days later.

See which tasks aren't necessary anymore and find the ones that can be delegated.

How to Make Your Don't Do List

  • Reevaluate your to-do list: Identify the goals and determine how the items in your list impact your aims.
  • Create your not to-do list: Cut those unimportant tasks in your to-do list and paste it on your no to-do list. By doing this, you must accept that your time i...

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