In Praise of the ‘Done List’: How to Focus on Tasks That Matter
Because so many of my to-do items have been destroyed or prematurely crossed out, I’ve mostly gone electronic with my lists. I’ve had great success with my current to-do list app, Carrot, who sends vague threats about my virtual kitten’s health when I’m not productive enough. I’m doing a great job finishing day-to-day tasks. Even with this app, though, my dusty tasks are piling up. As Carrot so often reminds me, I’m falling behind.
That’s why I was so excited to read L.V. Anderson’s Anti-To-Do List. The “done list,” a concept she borrows from productivity research, isn’t a record of tasks to do, but of things accomplished. The list is a visual reminder of those things you’re most proud of, be those small daily tasks or long lifetime ones.
On those days when I don’t get to cross anything off of my to-do list, I’ve taken to making mental done lists like this one:
- Played Candy Land 10 times
- Went out to lunch with kiddo BY MYSELF!
- Shopped for dinner.
- Baked cookies.
- Walked to the park.
- Washed 3 loads of laundry.
- Dried 2 loads of laundry.
- Folded 1 load of laundry.
- Read a bonus bedtime story.
- Cuddled kiddo to sleep.
I love my done list because it reinforces why I haven’t gotten to my dusty tasks. If I can secure the Sharpies, I might have to start writing them down to remind myself that I’m getting the important things done.
Originally published at www.snackdinner.com.