The Less Depressing To-Do List

To-Do lists are great, and I’ve been writing them almost daily on a steno pad I keep at my desk while working, or in my bag on the go, and then at my desk at home. I’m always using them to jot down ideas as they come, so I don’t forget them — or organizing my thoughts on what I need to do when I get home, or for the weekend… as a kind of catch all for my home life, my freelancing work, what we’re doing with the blog, messages I have to send my clients, messages I have to send some of the professionals I work with, and new projects I want to start.

Typically, this ends up turning into a huge pile of crap that’s impossible to complete… or at least impossible to complete while also paying attention to my dogs, my house upkeep, my wife, my son, my friends, and so on. Routinely some of the larger ticks on the daily list end up spilling over to the next day, and the next day, and the next day… until I eventually lose interest in them and they fall away into nothingness.

This is a horribly depressing and masochistic way to organize one’s thoughts. Time is valuable, and a list of negative reinforcement isn't a way to stay productive. 

Today I’m trying something new. A reverse to-do list. I’ve just written down a list of everything I’ve accomplished today since I’ve woken up. List things that you've finished... list tasks that are taken care of. You'll be surprised how often you bring pen to paper to add a new line. Positivity drives hustle. 

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