An article over at Litemind, called Overwhelmed by Your To-Do List? Go With a ‘Will-Do’ List Instead caught my attention. My number one stumbling block for productivity is the overwhelming amount of stuff on my to do list. It flows over me and drowns me before I even have a chance to decide what I am going to do next.
I’ve always had problems with the standard GTD next action list. I can see how deciding what the next action should be is a good way to move past road blocks, but at the same time, with the amount of projects I have going on, next action lists get quickly out of hand.
Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management (aff) has another approach: commit to what you will do tomorrow. Make a list, do it, add nothing to it, and bask in the glory of a completed list.
A to-do list is a list of suggestions. And like a restaurant with hundreds of dishes on the menu, I can’t make a choice. Committing to tasks makes all the difference.