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Thoughts on the Long List

While I’ve been semi-incapacitated recently (suspected Guillain-Barré Syndrome on top of the expected side-effects of chemotherapy), I’ve been working on an outline for a book on the subject of the “catch-all” list.

My theory is that a properly handled and practised list removes the need for prioritization, goal-setting, planning and deadline-chasing - real “autofocus” in other words.

It’s not dependent on any particular way of handling the list, though I’ve found simple scanning to be the easiest and most reliable for my own use. It’s more a change of attitude than a new system.

Typing is still very difficult for me so my intention at the moment is to write about this in dribs and drabs over the next few weeks (or possibly months). We’ll see whether the “long list theory” supports me in doing this in practice.

Reader Comments (17)

Good wishes for getting through everything that life is throwing at you, Mark. I know the community won't want to add to your workload by posing questions or speculations here. We can address them to each other in the forums if we want to.

Good luck again. No response required!

June 17, 2017 at 11:29 | Unregistered CommenterChris Cooper
Best wishes Mark, our thoughts are with you.
June 17, 2017 at 14:57 | Unregistered CommenterLeon
Sounds interesting as always. Thank you for sharing with us and hope you get your health and strength back soon.
June 18, 2017 at 1:31 | Unregistered CommenterRay Fowler
best wishes
June 18, 2017 at 21:40 | Unregistered Commenterskeg
That's wonderful, Mark - hope you're finding concentrating on developing your systems a help in getting through the challenges. Best wishes.
June 19, 2017 at 9:54 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret1
All the best, Mark. Hope your situation improves.
June 19, 2017 at 14:32 | Registered CommenterFrank
Just seeing this now, Mark. Please know that I am in prayer for you that " God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
June 19, 2017 at 17:42 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Coyer
You are in my prayers Mark. Thank you for all the good you have given to us.
June 20, 2017 at 5:19 | Registered Commenternuntym
Great to hear from you again, Mark.

I found your arguments against long lists in Secrets convincing-principally, that they dilute focus. But as always, I look forward to your results.

We are all rooting for you.
June 20, 2017 at 9:44 | Registered CommenterWill
Looking forward to read your Long List Theory!

All the best.
June 20, 2017 at 12:56 | Unregistered Commenterteckwyn
Best wishes to you and your family during this difficult time.
June 20, 2017 at 16:32 | Registered CommenterCricket
Hello Mark,

Best wishes for you. May your health improve the fastest way possible.

June 21, 2017 at 19:02 | Unregistered CommenterRafael
Thanks to everyone for their good wishes. Sorry I haven't been able to reply individually.
June 22, 2017 at 13:40 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
> It’s not dependent on any particular way of handling the list [...] It’s more a change of attitude than a new system.

Color me intrigued!

You are in my thoughts daily. Hoping the best for you.
June 22, 2017 at 16:38 | Unregistered CommenterDon R
Best wishes for you, Mark. I really hope you recover fast.
June 22, 2017 at 19:42 | Unregistered CommenterPablo
Praying for you Mark. God bless!
June 23, 2017 at 4:16 | Unregistered CommenterTommy
All best wishes to you Mark, and to the family.

Looking forward to your dribs and drabs!
June 23, 2017 at 10:49 | Unregistered CommenterColin

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