Kill your To Do List

If your to do list Is longer than five items for today… you're kidding yourself.

Trust me.

At one point I went to see my doctor because I thought I had ulcer. He asked me what my work was like. When I showed him my to do list, it was over 20 items long for the single day.

He didn't prescribe me anything for the ulcer-but he told me to chop my to do list down to five items. It helped. And, as it turns out, I didn't have an ulcer.

So if your to do list is 20 items long… it's time to cross some things off.

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  • Ray,
    How has this helped with your productivity?
    After you get the five tasks done, then what?
    Personally I think this is a great idea. It’s simple. It’s easy. It leaves room for creative thinking AND accomplishment!
    Problem with big to-do lists, they don’t always get completed and there’s no feeling of accomplishment.
    Thanks Ray for this.
    – Michael S. Copeland

    • After you get the 5 things done, you can either (a) work on the next thing (which wasn’t on your list, but still exists) or (b) relax and recreate!

  • F.J. Shark

    Focus on the results you want, not the actions. If you make progress toward the results, you’ll feel a sense of achievement rather than only hacking away on a never ending list of items on a list.

    F.J. Shark

  • tony

    great message to think about
    thanks Ray

    Tony