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How to Make Your To-Do List Doable

One of the chal­lenges that many peo­ple have regard­ing their to-do list is that they have not bro­ken down many of the items on the list suf­fi­cient­ly into doable actions. For exam­ple, ‘get car fixed’ does not clear­ly and eas­i­ly iden­ti­fy what to do next (and is real­ly a small project). Thus, when we look at this or a sim­i­lar item on our list, we tend to skip past it because we real­ize that we actu­al­ly need to spend some time think­ing (and in this case, very lit­tle time) about the steps involved before we can iden­ti­fy the next action to take. And in the midst of a busy day, that can seem like too much time and effort (espe­cial­ly when we’re in ‘doing’ mode rather than ‘think­ing’ mode). A more doable task would be to ‘locate con­tact details for garage’, fol­lowed by adding the fol­low­ing 2 tasks to your list, ‘call garage and make appoint­ment to have car fixed’ and then ‘drop off car at garage’.

I’m always thank­ful to the folks over at Life­Hack­er for pro­vid­ing a steady diet of tips & tools for increas­ing pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. In this post, they tack­le this chal­lenge and much more in how to make your to-do list doable.

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