You todo list is your friend. Or at least it should be.
It’s not going to bite the hand that feeds it, right?
If you leave it unattended without attention, it might just turn on you.
Don’t let your todo list bite you.
Your Todo List Needs Attention
Have you ever found an old todo list?
Perhaps, sitting in a drawer. Or in that stack of old papers.
What was on it?
Probably a bunch of stuff you never got around to checking off.
Some of it could have been trivial. But, perhaps some of it was important and fell by the wayside.
What did you fail to accomplish?
What opportunities did you let pass by?
And what consequences did you incur due to your lack of action?
Keeping your todo visible is important. If you want it to remind you of things you need to finish, you have to give it the attention and maintenance it needs.
It’s when you don’t look at your list… that it might bite you.
Keeping That List On Your Side
So, just how does that todo list turn on you?
I often say, “When your todo list reminds you of something that you didn’t remember, that means it working.”
However, when you don’t have the discipline to use your list regularly, that is when things start to not work.
You may overlook tasks. Or miss deadlines. Or just keep restarting with a blank slate.
Here are a few of the ways that not checking your todo list can come back to bite you:
- Failing to Remind You – Ever forget about an important task, only to find out later that it was on your list? Your todo list should remind you, (in a timely manner), of items that you captured but forgot about.
- Letting Life Punish You – You todo list is there to support you, but it will stand idly by and let life punish you if you ignore it. Late fees, missed opportunities, closed doors. These can all happen if you ignore your list.
- Creating More Work – Ignoring your list, can actually create more work for you. Tasks undone will rot and create an even larger workload down the road.
- Not Driving Productivity – Looking at your list regularly and keeping visibility on your tasks will drive your productivity. Conversely, out-of-sight leads to out-of-mind, and you will find yourself failing to take action on even the shortest and simplest of tasks.
Your Todo List Is Your Best Friend
Your todo list is a powerful tool to keep you on track.
Let it remember things so that you don’t have to.
Just make sure that you give it the care and feeding that it deserves.
Where is your list right now?
Go give it some attention. And it will return the favor.
How do you ensure that you keep your todo list in check?