I know, I’m probably not the first one to think of this – but I just have to share it. Ever since I came up with this hack, I’ve actually been way more productive!
So, this is how my journey of to-do lists looks like:
- Spreadsheet in Google Drive
- Physical note book
- Note book (on my Mac)
- Dropbox Paper
So, as you can see – I’m currently using Dropbox Paper as to-do list (along with Asana for company-wide tasks). But I’m still struggling. This is usually my reaction (a defense mechanism my body does) when I’m looking at my todo-list:
So, what is this magical “hack” I’ve developed to fix this?
Simply estimate the time it probably will take to complete the task and write it in the beginning of the task!
I mean, look at (a small part of) my current to-do list:
- Complete tax return papers
- Write article about productivity (ooh, inception!)
- Complete accounting for last week
- Write employment contract for our new employee
- Revise balance, cashflow and financial budget.
Makes your body faint out of defense, right?
Now, look at the same to-do list – but with time estimates!
- 20 min: Complete tax return papers
- 20 min: Write article about productivity
- 60 min: Complete accounting for last week
- 20 min: Write employment contract for our new employee
- 60 min: Revise balance, cashflow and financial budget.
Very wow! Much hack! Such time!
This has, for some reason, helped me a lot! I mean, look at the to-do list above. Everything could be completed in only 3 hours!