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The List Goes On

There is something deeply satisfying about crossing items off of a to-do list, even though those completed items will be replaced with new tasks. But can an organized system of lists actually be detrimental to our day-to-day, and more importantly, to our sanity?
 
43folders.com blogs about Linda Stone’s Huffington Post article on the difference between managing time and managing attention. Successfully managing both is not about filling every minute of the day with a task or work—it's about experiencing “flow” by means of downtime or breaks. Stone found that the busiest people out there—CEOs and surgeons—actually “scheduled” breaks where they turned off email and cell phones.
 
In terms of that nagging to-do list, it’s important to focus on the outcomes of the appointed items, rather than trying to make an impressive lists of tasks. Do you make lists to stay on top of organization? Do you find yourself wallowing under the weight of the never-ending to-do list? [43folders.com]

Posted: 6/17/08
grammyat50

I make lists. All kinds of lists. I am lost without my lists. And yes, I love to cross things off of my list....whether it's a grocery list, a to-do list, short term or long term list. I feel better when I have my lists. I feel lost and totally disorganized without that list in my hand at the store or at my job. I was an elem teacher. I had to be very organized so I could stay on top of my classroom. I have never wallowed under any to-do list.