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How to Make Your To-Do List Work Better for You

How to Make Your To-Do List Work Better for You | Productivity | Writing Tips | Online Entrepreneurship

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by your to-do list you could scream?

Yes.

I’ll just say it for you, the answer is yes.

Now a more important question: Have you ever stopped to ask yourself how the hell your to-do list got that way?

If you’re like me, chances are YOU are the one responsible for how messy/crazy/scary it is. It’s time to pare down, my friend.

Your To-Do List Is a Good Servant, But a Bad Master

To-do lists are a great way to stay organized and crush your tasks, but they’re also a good way to make yourself crazy if you’re not careful.

This is something I talk about in my upcoming book, Get the Hell Past It: How to Recover from Failure with Grace, Dignity and Possibly Some Cash. Stay tuned for more on that.

Here’s a simple trick: Take a look at your to-do list for the next day or week. Identify ONE item you put there yourself, but that doesn’t really need to be there. Then remove it. Just cross it right on out.

How did that feel? Did anyone die? Did your boyfriend leave you? Did the sun go dark?

No. Now, next time you feel like your to-do list is choking you, you have my permission to delete something nonessential right away.

Next up: Kill the distractions.

Quit It with the ADHD

One of the biggest drains on productivity is ADHD.

We all have it. Creatives, writers foremost among them, just love the shiny and new. This is something I spent a whole book talking about one time, so clearly, we can’t cover it in just a post.

Here’s what I can say today: There is a solution and a simple one.

The starting place is to ask yourself what your main goals are.

For me: To serve clients well, write books that matter and help other writers achieve their dreams. Period. That’s it.

Your goals will look different, but I bet if you distill them, you can come up with only three or four yourself.

Slay Your To-Do List by Analyzing Your Goals Effectively

Got ‘em? Good. If it takes an hour or two, that’s okay. Spend that time. Once you do, you’ll have an enormously helpful tool in your toolkit: a litmus test to determine whether or not any new project fits your life.

All you have to do is check whether that new idea aligns with your goals. Yes? Great. No? Scrap it, or write down the idea and file it away for later.


Instantly, you’ll find you have more time for your current projects and will get more writing done. Seriously, since I adopted this I’ve achieved at least twice as much every day.

Go get it!

Skip to the end of the post? That’s cool; we all do it. Anyway, you’ll find an epic writing routine, down to the last detail, in Overnight Copywriting. Learn to sell your writing, make $$$ and get stuff done.

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