We all have them. These are parasites that do not stop growing. Lists of unfinished tasks (and unfulfilled wishes).
In reality, these lists are not bad - they help you put your dreams in place, remember what you wanted to do, and put the system in place for the coming days. It is, however, one of the techniques of productive work.
But the work is piling up. Unfinished projects...
...Well, I don't know, maybe you don't. I do not know. But it really happens to me. I still have unread books from 2014 that I probably won't have read in whatever year you're reading these letters. And those unfinished drafts of articles, challenges, and books cause me pain.
I am a person who dreams a lot. Many start. Little finishes. I'm sorry.
However... Why do to-do lists never end?
No, don't say that you are a very active person. Active people do, not plan. And are these to-do lists expanding because your work is urgent? But why do you delay them?
No, your to-do list is not that huge because you have a lot of activities. It's huge because you let it be huge.
It's true, don't worry - taking on tasks and then procrastinating is a characteristic of almost everyone. The eyes want, even though the stomach is already full.
- Fear of making a mistake makes you wait for a "better" moment;
- Fear of being thrown away makes you hoard because "maybe you'll still need it";
- Fear of missing something important forces me to dive into every opportunity "because I'll miss something else".
And these are not the fears of unhealthy people - we all have them. However, it is precisely these fears that prevent us from escaping the mania of procrastination and planning. It is possible that this text is sitting unread in someone's browser window or email even at this very moment. in the mailbox. 1
Just because of this misunderstanding: We believe that we will always find time to complete our work. Once upon a time.
And I've found a semi-annual ritual here that keeps me from getting stuck.
You will not stop the river. New wishes too.
It's... Delete them.
Trust me, deleting your to-do list is easy and useful:
- Looks like you still have some work to do? Then delete only those delayed for more than half a year. Don't you think something magical will happen?
- There are still tasks left and you don't know if you will do them, but "well, maybe"? Well, you know you're just fooling yourself.
- Are there chores you just don't want to do? Don't do that. It's your life after all. See for yourself.
If you really want the deleted works later, you can add them to the new list! But, probably, even with the new list, you will have a much calmer life.
Finally: Don't sign up for a mountain of new jobs! The river is your rhythm and you can't drink it all. Don't repeat the mistakes you made with the first list.
If you are really afraid of losing something, archive your work reminders. Just hide them from yourself. If you really need it, you will be able to find them. But chances are you'll never run out of them - just like I don't.
The most important thing is that work does not interfere with life. Because what's the point of work if you get in the way of it?
I practice the annual disposal of work. I throw away my work on April 10th, my birthday, and sometime in mid-October, when I'm starting to go crazy with unfinished ideas.
I can't do everything. So I choose to implement what I can. Will you join?
Yeah, you know who you are.↩