What To Do With Too Many To-Do Lists

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Last updated on February 4th, 2024 at 03:30 pm

Happy February, boys and girls! Here in Toronto, we’re under the threat of a massive snowstorm engulfing us overnight (yes, my northern friends—here, we consider 20-30 cm massive; let us not forget the debacle of 1999 where we called the Armed Forces to help us shovel), so we’ll see what the next few days are like. Obviously, I’ll keep posting—I don’t think that a snowstorm will stop the juggernaut that is the Internet—but should make for interesting times!

So I constantly keep busy. CONSTANTLY. Relaxation for me seems to be more like a punishment than any good. I get stir crazy, I start thinking about the next thing I should be working on—yeah, it just doesn’t work out for me.

To keep all of this sorted out, I use a ton of charts, to-do lists and mind maps. I’ll open a random text file and just dump my thoughts into it until I’ve come up with another pile of things that I’d love to accomplish whenever I get the chance to.

But what happens when you’ve got too many to-do lists?

Life with too many to-do lists: How do you cope?

We’re all victims to ourselves at some point or another—there’s always a thing or two we do to ourselves in order to self-sabotage. Some drink. Some smoke. Or some undersleep. Me? I make these massive freakin’ lists of things to do and then never look at them again. We all have things we want to do before we die—dreaming is great—but it’s probably a good idea to take things on one at a time. After all, learning a language, how to build amazing websites all while reading up on about 200 different topics to gain a surface understanding of what they’re really about are all great things to do. Simultaneously, they’re a bit of a pain in the ass. But I keep telling myself it’ll all be worth it in the end 😊

Right, so back to what you do when you have too many to-do lists—you prioritize. You pick and choose which things are the most important to you and you do them. Without even looking at them, I could tell you some of the categories I’ve filed stuff under:

Movies to watch; books to read; designs to make…

…And the list goes on. They’re scattered across Google Docs, slips of paper, notebooks, hard drives—yeah, I think I sense a Quest for Less tie-in here.

Anyway, cool cats, I’m dead tired. Let’s continue this dance tomorrow.


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