Cool Tool For Those Who Try “To-Do” Too Much

To-Do List ManagerI have trouble sitting down to relax because my endless to-do list is always tugging on my sleeve. I think this is partially due to my genes. I also believe that the Fatigue Factor contributes greatly to my obsession with getting stuff done. See, I have a hard time accepting fatigue as part of my Rheumatoid Arthritis [this will likely be dissected in an upcoming post]. Accept it or not, I experience fatigue on a fairly regular basis. Instead of coping like someone who has had arthritis for 11 years, I am often stubborn and pretend like the word “fatigue” does not exist. This is not a good idea. 🙂

One of the keys to getting things done is locating that delicate balance between figuring out what must get done today and what can be done tomorrow. It’s best for an arthritis warrior to asses their to-do list on a regular basis so that it remains manageable.

A simple little web app called Now Do This makes creating and executing a to-do list a whole lot easier. Here’s what I like about it:

  • You can’t look ahead at other tasks, thus preventing an opportunity to be overwhelmed by your list.
  • This tool is not meant to hold your entire to-do list for the year. But it is a lovely place to house a few important tasks that must get done in a relatively short amount of time.
  • Multi-tasking is not an option. Focus on one task at a time, then move to the next item. Besides, multi-tasking never works as well as I’d like it to.

When you complete the list, the words “all done” appear.

Guaranteed to make you feel accomplished whether you walked a 5K or remembered to buy kitty litter.

How do you manage your to-do list? Share your stories and tips in the comments!

Now Do This [via Zen Habits]

2 thoughts on “Cool Tool For Those Who Try “To-Do” Too Much

  1. Hey Sheryl,

    Thanks for the comment. Sad to hear that you too suffer from RA, but great to know that there are others out there. I love being able to share my story, and getting to hear others also.

    Please keep the blogs and comments coming. Hope your week is a good one!


  2. ok, I had to comment on this too, because it’s been running through my mind all week. I just got back from my vacation, so I have a million things on my personal to do list, not to mention my work one. I had planned to sweep through most of them (or, ok, all) this past weekend since it was a long one, but of course, didn’t get through even half of it. I ended up spending time on my couch watching movies and, god forbid, resting. scandalous, i know. i was beating myself up about it on the way to work yesterday feeling like i was totally lazy, when it occurred to me that THIS is what people mean when they say that you have to slow down, and give yourself permission to slow down, once you have RA. you just can’t whip through everything like you used to do.

    a ha. still working on it, though. it’s a tough one.

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