Going Numb to Lists
If you’ve followed the course so far, you can’t have missed the encouragement to use lists that manage our commitments.
These lists can be managed in a variety of high or low tech solutions, covered in the Do It section.
However, if there’s one thing guaranteed to make us fall off the wagon, it’s going numb to these lists. It’s a drifting process, but we realise we haven’t checked them in a while, they’re no longer our trusted system and everything is back in our head.
Why our lists get longerLong lists can happen for a few reasons:
How can we stay in touch with our lists?
Try one or more of the following:
As simple as this sounds, it might be some tasks shouldn’t have made their way onto your lists at all. Check the clarify chart – if you can do it in 2 minutes or less, do it now!
If you have a list that is overwhelming and you’re avoiding it, perhaps it’s time to divide it into 2 lists. For example, rather than everything going on a @computer list, consider @creative and @braindead.
You might have added a number of tasks to your list and on reflection, you actually haven’t truly committed to some of them yet. As a result, every time you look at the list, you feel it’s filled with non-actionable items. Consider moving a few of them back to the Someday/Maybe list (or whatever you name it). As long as you do the Weekly Review, you won’t lose track of them, but they won’t be causing stress.
This is similar to the suggestion above, but with less mercy. Some tasks simply shouldn’t have made their way onto the lists in the first place. Get rid of them and don’t feel guilty.