I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Kill Your To Do List

Here’s what’s always bothered me about task man­age­ment sys­tems: it’s not what Pres­id­ents use. 

I’ve nev­er thought of this before. It’s nev­er even crossed my mind about the meth­ods of work­ing for people in high powered pos­i­tions, or nation­al office. Yet it shouldn’t be a sur­prise when you think about.
After read­ing this excel­lent art­icle from CJ Chil­vers it struck me that in the last few months this is some­thing I’ve star­ted to do subconsciously.When I think back to how I’ve pro­gressed some pro­jects recently it’s all been down to clearly block­ing out time on my cal­en­dar and then work­ing dur­ing those times.
Of course I’ve not entirely scrapped my to do list, and I think it would be wrong to scrap it com­pletely. It’s a use­ful tool for keep­ing track of the cli­ent pro­jects I’m work­ing on. The import­ant thing, I think, is to not let your to do list dic­tate your time and instead to let your cal­en­dar dic­tate your to do list.

The cal­en­dar does­n’t lie. It’s bru­tal about how much time you actu­ally have in a day to com­plete your pro­jects. It’s hon­est. We need to stop wish­ing, determ­ine what’s import­ant enough to spend our very lim­ited time on and get it scheduled.