Posts Tagged "to do"

Six Items That Should Never Be On Your To-Do List

Posted on January 25th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Writing a to-do list seems like a tidy little way to keep track of what you need to accomplish, but it can fall short or even derail your success. To-do lists don’t provide context about the tasks, they don’t give you a timeline, and they’re easy to ignore. What’s more, to-do list prioritizing systems can be complicated and hard to navigate.


So should you ditch your to-do list completely? Absolutely not, says Paula Rizzo, author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed.


“Lists can change your life if you use them correctly,” says Rizzo, founder of, a website that offers tips and courses for making lists. “It seems so simple to write a list but there’s actually a right way and wrong way to do it if you want to be successful. Oftentimes our bad list-making habits are holding us back.”

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Classic to-do lists don’t provide context or give a timeline, and they’re easy to ignore. Here’s how to make a better list.

The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

Posted on February 19th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

I recently got to work an hour early. I had one goal in mind: world-domination, early-morning productivity. I made coffee, opened my email inbox, and the next thing I knew . . . it was noon. Where did the day go? And, more importantly, why didn’t I get anything substantive done? Sure, I cleared out my inbox, but I didn’t tackle a thing on my to-do list.

After my lackluster morning, I decided to do some research and really figure out the right way to spend the first hour of my workday. And after a little practice, I learned just how productive one can be when you’re thoughtful about this. So grab some coffee and make these four things a staple in your morning work routine:

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Ever find that it’s noon and you haven’t accomplished anything on your to-do list? Get a productive jump-start on the day with these tasks.

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The Scientific Reasons Why Your To-Do List Is Bad For You

Posted on December 21st, 2015 by The Learning Factor

You probably already use a “to-do” list, and chances are you’ve at least heard of its close cousin, the “got-done” list. But the two approaches to managing your time and tasks aren’t created equal, and the research is steadily piling up on behalf of the latter. Here’s why you should consider switching to “got-done” lists, and how to get started.

Studies have shown that focusing on past achievements can boost our creativity, productivity, and even happiness. And while we probably shouldn’t replace celebrating our wins with reflecting on our intentions, most of us could probably put the two in better balance. That’s where a “got-done” list com

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To-do lists incentivize all the wrong things when it comes to setting goals that matter.

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