Monday 22 January 2018

Judith Woods: People think to-do lists are a waste of time? Well, you can cross my name off that one

So, the most successful don't write lists? Of course not, they have people who do that for them, writes Judith Woods

Richard Branson. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Richard Branson. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Judith Woods

Oh, sorry, I didn't see you there, because I was working on my weekend to-do list. What's that? Haven't I heard that "lists are where important tasks go to die", and that to-do lists are technically to-don't lists because they make you less efficient?

Well, yes, I did hear those rumours put about by US leadership expert and author Kevin Kruse, but I disagree, not least because he claims that lists stress people out, and "only" 41pc of the items get completed.

A whole 41pc? Why, most of us can only dream of that sort of success rate. Even if I put down 'have a shower', 'defrost the pastry' and 'throw a white wash in the machine', I can still only manage to cross off about a fifth of all the things over an entire weekend.

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