Tame Your To-Do List

Tame Your To-Do List

Did you know that crossing items off a to-do list causes your brain to release dopamine? No wonder we love it so much. But as management consultant Allison Rimm says, “The to-do list can be an indispensable tool when used to mindfully manage your time. But used indiscriminately, you become its servant.” How to make your to-do list work for you, instead of the other way around? Here are some tips to help you tame your to-do list. 

Especially for the leaders I work with in my role as Managing Partner, knowing the difference is critical to being productive and less stressed.

One exercise Rimm recommends is to put an appointment on your calendar daily or weekly to review your to-do list and re-prioritize. Things that are recurring stumbling blocks can be broken into smaller individual tasks. 

By reviewing your to-do list frequently, you can keep it from stagnating and becoming a burden.

Another great practice to help you tame your to-do list, items that take less than 5 minutes should be taken care of first so you can clear your plate for tasks that require more focus.

By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific

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