Keep Your Habits and Your To-Dos Separate
To me, Todoist is the perfect blend of minimalist and clean design, with the right feature set that suits exactly what I need.
Naturally, I was tempted to put everything into Todoist: from my long-term goals, random thoughts, to even my reoccurring habits that I like to track.
Within a few weeks of doing this though, I noticed that my daily to-do lists would gradually get bigger. I would look at my to-do list and feel overwhelmed, not knowing where to start.
I have found in my experience that the following paradox is true:
The less items on your to-do list, the more you get done. The more items on your to-do list, the less you get done.
The feeling of being overwhelmed with tasks and not knowing where to start is a real productivity killer.
And so the solution that I implemented was to keep my habits and my to-dos separate. Rather than having tasks in Todoist for things such as meditating, stretching, or reading, I would track these habits elsewhere.
I would also try and keep my to-do list down to around a dozen tasks every day, and would try to be as pragmatic as possible on what I can reasonably get done in a day.
After a while, I noticed that my productivity increased, and that I would feel less overwhelmed throughout the day.
Whenever I find that I start to pile unnecessary tasks into Todoist, I take a few steps back and pare away the excess tasks.
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