Tuesday, April 23, 2013

To-Do Lists Can Make You a Little Less Crazy

Has caregiving gotten into your head and created a level of confusion that has made it difficult--if not impossible--to get things done?

On a variety of occasions it has certainly had that effect on me.

Here's my solution: A simple To-Do List...in fact, not one, but two To-Do List.

The first one, a Master List, is done once a week. I list all the things, personal and professional I have to do.

And yes, that list will get pretty long and daunting. Don't worry about that. You don't have enough hours in the day to do all you believe you need to do. I'll show you how to pare it down to manageable.

The second list is a working To-Do List. This is what folks are talking about when they talk about To-Do Lists.

But, here's a key: You don't want more than about 6-8 things on the working To-Do List. In fact, if you're looking at 10 or more things on a list your brain starts to lock up. You can't process more than about 10 chunks of information at a time.

That's not to say you won't get more than 6-8 things done in your day, it's just that long working To-Do Lists literally make you dumber and slower.

If you let it, doing a list can get you a little depressed because you see all the things you want/need to do. But, the better part is that the habit gives you a sense of control. You don't spend so much time feeling overwhelmed, feeling crazy.

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