Recently The Big Cheese Coaching blog had a great post In Defense of the Lowly “To Do List” on how getting things out of your head and onto paper can help keep you thinking in a calm, organized manner. I know I have to write my lists or I end up in a confused swirl wondering what I’m supposed to be doing next.
One of the points in the article I found very interesting is that a tool doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated to be effective. Writing things on a piece of paper is a scientifically-proven way to clear your mind and focus your priorities. It’s super-simple. You don’t need special training or specific equipment. And yet, it’s one of the most powerful productivity methods out there.
Another point I found interesting is that list-making is just one “tool” in the productivity “toolbox.” The article lists other tools, to which I would add: timers, time blocking, having actual downtime, and more.
Do you write To-Do lists? What are other ways you clear your mind and organize your thoughts?