They have important tasks on them, but are also liberally peppered with:
- things you don’t really have to do
- things you keep saying you’ll do, but don’t
- things you have no intention of doing, but think you should
- things that were a good idea at the time, but have become irrelevant
You get the picture. The problem with having them on your to do list is that they distract you from the real to do’s, the ones that will make you money, advance your career and develop your super powers.
The beauty of a “not to do” list is that you’re allowed to keep it in the back of a drawer in the unlikely event that you’ll want to move something back to the do-able realm. Nothing will be lost. This also stops them from nagging at you.
That’s it! Start now. Hone your to do list into a powerful tool, not a catchall for every idea that comes across your desk.