A Simple Trick for Effective To-Do Lists

The Problem?

You come across a task on your calendar, and since you are not in the same mindset as when you scheduled it, you may forget the importance of the task and postpone it or ignore it altogether. This is an extremely easy problem to identify, but a much harder problem to correct.

Update: Ruben from the comments brought up a great point. This is most crucial for dates that are far enough into the future that you could forget the importance.

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A Possible Solution

Define the importance of every item on your to-do list.

Whenever you mark your calendar with a to-do item, put a small blurb about why it is important. These can include phrases that inspired you to take on the task, reasons why it is important, or anything else to jolt yourself back into the mindset surrounding that to-do item.

Remember, your past and present selves may not always have the same point of view.

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2 Responses to “A Simple Trick for Effective To-Do Lists”

  1. Ruben 29. Apr, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Interesting. But this can make calendars really verbose, although I think it is an idea worth implementing. Moreover, it should be great for long-time calendar events, when you schedule something for something like 3 months ahead. When the time comes, you can easily have forgotten why it was important!

    Ruben

  2. Carlos Urreta 30. Apr, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Thanks Ruben, you bring up a great point that I failed to mention. This is more practical for events that are not within a day or so (like the 3 months you mentioned).

    Cheers!

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