To-Do or Not To Do – Marc Sparks Commitment To Lists

Absolutely true. Manually writing a To-Do List is not just creating a record of things that need to be done, but creates a deeper memory of what needs to be accomplished. While creating a mind-mapping process. Mind-mapping creates a pictorial of processes needed to accomplish the To-Do.

Statistics demonstrates that people are more likely to accomplish their To-Do Lists if they are written down on one piece of paper than if they had several Post-it notes stuck on a bulletin board.

I also feel that To-Do Lists should be in a spiral bound notebook of a sort. To-Do Lists should not be on single sheets. The adage, Out of Sight, Out of Mind surfaces when I see a single piece of paper with a list of Things To Do. What happened to yesterday’s list, or last week’s list. If the list is kept in a bound book every item is represented, not just today’s or yesterday. We are more inclined to complete each To-Do if it is designed to sit in a book reminding us every minute of every day that it still needs to be completed.

As Marc Sparks says, “Some of the most common resolutions involve making some fundamental change in life–,” “Change takes commitment and it takes time.” Somehow a handwritten list is more of a commitment that a note on the computer or post-it.

I’ve tried all means of To-Do Lists, but I always go back to the spiral bound notebook and handwrite my lists, clearly and neatly. I date the lists and number the To-Do. I often color code priorities to ensure I don’t miss a deadline. I will put reminders on my calendar if I have a tight schedule, but I will always have my handwritten list in a book demonstrating these tasks are etched in stone.

Marc has an excellent idea when he says, “Try to create a handwritten to-do list for 66-days and see what kind of impact it has on productivity.” So true, and I don’t think it would take 66-days, especially if felt the impact of accomplishments. I have gone so far as to put a reminder for myself to have my morning coffee. If my day gets started without my coffee, it will be a disaster. Scheduling my coffee first, and while I’m sipping my coffee, I’m reviewing my To-Do List reviewing what will be accomplished off that list in addition to the standard daily workload. Putting a checkmark in the “Accomplished” column if reward enough.

Source: Marc Sparks Blog

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