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Thoughts on the Long List - Update

I wrote a couple of short articles earlier this year about long lists (aka catch-all lists):

Thoughts on the Long List

My theory is that a properly handled and practised list removes the need for prioritization, goal-setting, planning and deadline-chasing.

The Natural Selection of Tasks

There is no such thing as procrastination. What we call “procrastination” is just our minds working through the selection process.

Since then I’ve been doing an enormous amount of work on this subject, and I’m going to be writing a series of articles on the results. These might  become the basis for a book. The first one should be up soon.

In the meantime I recommend reading or re-reading the two short articles above to set the scene.

Reader Comments (4)

Is it your favorite time management system so far?
October 3, 2017 at 13:48 | Unregistered CommenterYoyorast

The answer to that question will be in my next blog post - to be published at 7 a.m. (UK time) tomorrow (October 4).
October 3, 2017 at 17:22 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
How exciting!
Can I request some features to cater for those who tend to build up a rather long todo list/backlog.
I find with the current system, I need to put in some prioritisation methods to avoid missing deadlines etc. I would like to avoid that where possible as it is just extra work managing it.

I know the advice is to not get overloaded, but in reality who ever manages or is able to properly control that? I notice that whenever I get more up to date, I just work slower (Parkinson's law). How odd, but true!
October 3, 2017 at 20:54 | Unregistered CommenterMrBacklog
Mr Backlog:

Working slower as one gets get more up to date is often a symptom of being adrenaline-fueled. This is not a good way of working - apart from anything else it's bad for one's health.

I hope that my upcoming series of articles will enable people to find a better way.
October 3, 2017 at 22:53 | Registered CommenterMark Forster

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