A few years ago LinkedIn did a study that demonstrated that nearly 65% of professionals are making to-do lists every day – and yet only 11% of those daily tasks were being completed.
65% of professionals make daily to-do lists – yet only 11% of those tasks get done.
Numerous studies confirm that writing things down helps us to remember them better – but simply writing things down isn’t enough. It’s the prioritization of information that makes tasks achievable.
When we created KenzaPad, this research was very much on our mind. That is why our product:
An un-prioritized list and only achieving 11% of your to-dos is the kind of thing that leads to the release of the stress hormone cortisol, according to Dr. Daniel Letivin, author of The Organized Mind, in an interview with the Washington Post. Anxiety, immune system shut downs, stomach issues – no thank you!
How do you prioritize your Today-To-Do?
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Paper lists aren't sexy, but they're a simple, highly effective way to maintain focus in a world of unending demands. Using a paper list recognizes that our we can never complete every item on our Master To-Do List, and that if we did, it's likely a sign that we've either set the bar too low, or we don't really have a full grasp of the "open loops" in our life. It equates productivity not with volume of boxes checked, but rather with the impact of the few boxes we do check, liberating us to enjoy the fruits of our efforts, and leaving us with the time and energy to both guiltlessly enjoy life, and ensure we have sustainable energy tomorrow to do it all over again.