To-do lists may be helpful in more ways than you think

A list can be a powerful tool. Here, someone makes a list in their notebook.
A list can be a powerful tool. Here, someone makes a list in their notebook.
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Lists get a bad rap. They guide us through our day, at times the embodiment of mundanity. They can be daunting. Most often, lists are things for us to do, to accomplish, and to toil with. But, in this article I am going to discuss how lists can both be a powerful motivator and a form of self-care, and why they may not be as superfluous as we might assume.

Why create a list?

Lists helps us to declutter our minds and help us to de-stress. I know, “I have so much on my to-do list” is one of the most common phrases people…


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Patrick Guziewicz

I am a writer; for fun and for work. I am also a doctoral student in clinical psychology and paramedic.

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