How to Actually Execute Your To-Do List: or, Why Writing It Down Doesn’t Actually Get It Done | zen habits
Every Monday is Productivity & Organization Day at Zen Habits.
Have you gotten good at organizing your tasks in a to-do list, but have trouble actually executing them? You’re not alone.
Getting things on your to-do list actually done is difficult because
it’s really a collection of habits that most people don’t
think about. Today, we’ll look at addressing those issues that
stop you from doing things, and the habits needed to overcome those
This post was prompted when reader BJ Thunderstone recently asked a great question:
A lot of productivity systems such as Getting Things
Done by David Allen or Do It Tomorrow by Mark Forster concern
themselves with writing lists of things to do. This skill is easy to
learn.But what if the problem isn’t making lists, but executing
your plan? What if you write “Get X, Y and Z done” and then
you can’t make yourself do any of these things?
I think that many people have a problem not with making to-do lists - but with executing what is written on these lists.