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Chapter 3: Stop Making To-do Lists—Do This Instead

How much less stress would you feel if you could rip up your to-do list and work from your calendar?

Do you really think that Steve Jobs had a to-do list with him and was always thinking, “What’s my next task on the list?” Do you really think that Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and other great people were strictly following their to-do lists?

To-do lists are good to organize your tasks; however, they are also kind of nagging wish-lists. In most cases, you are not able to accomplish all the things that you wish. As your to-do list grows, you start to feel overwhelmed and stressed. You start to connect these bad feelings with your unfinished to-do lists.

What could you do instead?

You could use your calendar! If there is something really important you need to do, it should have a slot on your calendar. You should book time to complete it. This doesn’t mean that you should not use a to-do list; they are still the best way to plan your work. However, use your calendar to plan your day and week, and then work according to your plan. That will ensure that you spend your time on the projects that are most important to you.

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