"TO-DO" or not "to-do": make a right list of cases
Recently, many began to draw up a list of cases. Lists for work, recreation, visits to various places, lists of goals for the year coming and t.D. Since the topic is very fashionable, psychologists approached this very carefully and from all sides. They consider all sorts of options for the influence of these very lists not only on productivity, but also for the general psychological state of the person. And the answers were not so unequivocal. It turns out that the list of lists is one of the types of procrastination. If it is easier to speak, then some people even thus manage to postpone the fulfillment of the most complex and unpleasant.
You have never had this – you just did the whole day, which was performed by the tasks set one after another, and the list of cases seemed just infinite? And at the end of the day you decided to appreciate your work and realized that we made a lot of small and not particularly important cases, and the main tasks remained intact. But the list is executed.
Moreover, not everyone performs a list of cases in the specified sequence. Very often, from the very beginning, all the easiest, and complex tasks are postponed for later. And sometimes the list itself is compiled so that you read it even if you can not cope with these cases. Although in fact everything can be much easier, just written so.
How to make a list correctly? That is, so that he really helped the work and did not introduce you to the next stress?! Specialists in procrastination and efficiency found a way out of this situation;)
According to the study of the Canadian professor of psychology, Ph.Dothyl Philosophy (Timothy Pychyl) from the University of Carlton in Ottawa, many people are already self-drawing a list of important cases consider achievement. That is, it seems there is a lot of work, and it must be done somehow. But you will not be taken for it until you make a list of this work itself and then proceed to its execution in the sequence. As a result, it turns out that the day almost passed, you really did nothing, but the list of cases made up and perform tomorrow. But not to make face. You worked, however?
What to do, so that even the most difficult affairs in the list scared and hands did not go down? Try split one difficult thing for somewhat simpler, make it more "tangible". Studies have shown that it is much more complicated to solve the task that has no clear plan, which is more complicated. Of course, the compilation of a more unfolded action plan will take much longer. Yes, and it will look more impressive. But to fulfill even the most difficult tasks will be much easier.
Make a circuit. Dr. Neil Fiore (Neil Fiore), author of the book "Habit now in work" advises to make a scheme that will tell you when you have to get started and when to finish. Each item in the list must have its priority. You can also specify how long to spend on various items. For example, on points with the priority "1" you spend about an hour. And then give yourself a "award" – perform a simpler case for 30 minutes and t.D.
Hold the focus on the main. If you work on a difficult task and can not decide what business is more important – sketch a brief execution plan and return to it in half an hour.
Be realistic! Fiore says that mapping lists with the time to be spent to be spent on each item, and the arrangement of priorities allows us to really look at things. "In fact, you can not do everything that planned. But you can focus on how to use your time now, according to your highest priorities, and also gives an understanding and the adoption of the fact that human capabilities are limited."
From myself I would like to add that I agree with the Nil Fiore – a difficult task that is not painted to simpler items, solved with difficulty. When you paint the case, even on 100 trifles, you give it a certain form, more real and achievable. The same applies to any idea. How can you create something, if you don’t even think a sense for whom, why and how?!