A guiding principle of any solid task management solution is a clear mind. For example, the popular productivity solution Getting Things Done focuses on what it would take to honestly clear the mind, and then designing our environments and systems accordingly.
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“Courage stands at the beginning of a task and luck at the end.”
– Wilbur Weathervane, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
I’m certain that there must another source of attribution to this quote. But I totally get a kick out of it coming from a video game character like Wilbur.
We can have any number of types of task lists, be they a perspective, a context, or a project. Some lists stick around: the daily list, phone calls to make, things to file, agenda items, and more. They fill up, we clear them, and they fill up again.
Two questions we can ask when approaching any list are:
- Do I intend to complete this list?
- If so, how often?
These questions are useful because completable lists affect us differently. When we can arrange a list to be completed regularly, we effectively create a reliable channel of work. Whatever we throw in there, so long as it isn’t large enough to clog the system, has a good chance of being done. As soon as one task starts to stick around though, other tasks tend to stall, too, and soon we’re wading through cobwebs.
We can consider a Principle of Completable Lists …
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