July 17, 2015
Could it be I accomplished a ton of stuff this week because I didn’t travel last weekend? Am I just going to have to resign myself to the fact that traveling pretty much shoots down the entire week after I get home? Or did that just happen this one time? Or did I just feel like I accomplished more because I’m in a better mood?
I may be over thinking this. But I did have a good productive week which felt nice.
I love my to-do lists, so you can imagine my consternation when I stumbled upon an article that said the most brilliant genius type people in the world don’t use to-do lists. They use schedules, and instead of simply making lists they actually plot out what they’re doing with every minute of every day and that’s how they accomplish things.
The problem with this sort of article of course is how it implies that if you don’t do things this exact way, you’ll never be successful. Meh.
This article (which of course I can’t find now) insisted that you can’t prioritize to-do lists the way you can prioritize schedules, and that by actually planning your day out to the minute, blocking out chunks of time for each task, you’ll accomplish more.
I decided that would drive me bonkers. As open-ended as my days are, it would be really easy just to blow off entire schedules like that. And that would make me feel so defeated and awful about myself. . .
Because you see, I can prioritize my to-do lists. I have a master list, and at the end of each day I make up the list for the next day. That list goes on a little square post-it note. I can’t overschedule. And it’s very satisfying to actually cross off everything on the post-it note and throw it away. If I ever find myself looking for something to do, I refer to the master list. I’m always doing something, and my schedule can’t get entirely blown up by the unexpected.
One size does not fit all with this sort of thing. What works for you all? Precise scheduling, a to-do list, or some combination of both?