even the small ones like “buy this from amazon” or “pay this bill” count towards the 10?
Steven Zhang

Yes. It’s hard to swallow with my pride, but if I don’t give those small tasks importance, I don’t do them well and don’t get any satisfaction from them.

It’s like how telemarketers motivate themselves to make so many calls in the face of being hung up on: they fill in 100 squares on a piece of paper, one for each call made. They can feel pride even if every single one was a hang up.

My lists are also long, maybe 40–50 for Next and 80–120 for someday/maybe. But every week I aggressively push tasks down in priority to counteract urgency drift- the tendency for everything to get more urgent the harder you work.

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