Every once in a while, I like to work with no list at all.
I don’t do this very often because it’s a great way to miss things. But running without a list from time to time can be very freeing. And I find it has a number of benefits.
First, it makes me more thoughtful. When I work without a list, I find myself pausing between tasks and thinking about what would be best to do next. When I jump from one task to the next based on a premade plan, I tend to start each task without really thinking about it. That moment or two of thought that I take when not using a list gives me more focus as I start each task. It’s a good reminder that even when I’m working with a list, there’s merit to pausing and thinking about what I want to accomplish each time I start something new.
Second, when I work without a list, I get a deeper insight into the items on my master list that are ready to bubble to the surface. You know how it is when you have backburner projects — those things without a deadline that you’d like to do, but get pushed back because of projects that are more urgent. They percolate. You work on them without really realizing you’re working on them. Taking a day off from your to-do list gives you a chance to see where you’re at with those projects.
And third, when I work without a list, I’m more likely to uncouple each thing I work on from an expectation of how much time it will take. I work until I feel like I’m done with a task rather than feeling pressure to switch over to another task at a certain time.
I don’t recommend working without a list all the time, or even that often. A list keeps you on track and helps you make sure you don’t miss any deadlines or important tasks. But taking a break from your list can be really refreshing. Give it a try and see what you think!
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