To-Do Lists – Paper vs. Electronic

Last time, I wrote some basic guidelines for creating effective to-do lists.  Today I’ll cover the burning question of whether it is better to keep your to-do list on paper or electronically.

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To Do or Not To Do

Ah, the to-do list.  Some people hate them, some people swear by them.  As a Professional Organizer who teaches time management skills, I’ve seen my share of non-effective to-do lists.

Here are some guidelines for creating and following a manageable to-do list.

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The Broken Windows Theory of Organizing

I’ve been noticing lately how much the Broken Windows Theory applies to staying organized.

The Broken Windows Theory was posited by two social scientists in the early 1980’s, and, according to Wikipedia, refers to the effects of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior.

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Time Is A Zero-Sum Game

Four weeks ago, we adopted a dog.  Taffy is a 4-year old chihuahua mix.  She is an adorable love sponge, soaking in as much love and attention as we are willing to dish out, and then splashing it right back at us.

She has also required me to revisit my carefully calibrated habits.

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In Praise of Deadlines

Do you consider yourself a procrastinator?  Interestingly, most people do.  Even though I teach time management and productivity, that’s no guarantee that I won’t succumb to the lure of on-line Sudoku in spite of my beautifully prioritized to-do list.

Recently, I had two tasks that I just couldn’t get started on.  I got everything else done but still couldn’t get started on those two.  When I ran out of time-wasters, I even did some productive things that weren’t on my list, just to put off those two big tasks.

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