Disrupt Your To-do List with This One Hack

September 25, 2018


Disrupt Your To-do List with This One Hack

So you open your to-do list and you keep staring at it as if you were checking an antique piece in a museum.

The only difference you are just overwhelmed because you have no clue how to prioritize your tasks. You are constantly adding new tasks and the list is piling up.

Sounds familiar?

Here’s how you can fix it.

Revisit your to-do list

It’s been told that Benjamin Franklin is the godfather of to-do lists. He used them to push his self improvement.

Nowadays, to-do lists are used to boost productivity. Art Markman is a professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations who  suggests that to do lists help your brain perform better whether you complete the tasks or not.

There is no proof that the story is 100% true. But Warren Buffett’s 25-5 rule was originally a piece of advice he gave to his airline pilot Mike Flint. He advised him to make a list of his 25 career goals. And then to focus on his most important ones.

The point wasn’t to determine the top 5 but rather to eliminate the other 20 that would eventually just become distractions.

Multitasking indeed kills your brain.

Anyone who claims to be good at multitasking is just selling you a myth. According to MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller notes, our brains are “not wired to multitask well.”

Jeffrey Towson, a LinkedIn Top Voice Finance wrote about his experience applying the 5-25.

“Overall, Buffett’s 25-5 rule has been a big help. Especially in forcing me to let go of some long-standing dreams. The top 10 list was pretty helpful. I’m not sure the rest of the list helped that much. It was mostly just me being maniacal.”

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