A couple of weeks back Matt Guevara posted this:
They say an elephant never forgets. Well, you are not an elephant. Take notes, constantly.—
Matthew Guevara (@mattguevara) February 11, 2013
I chuckled, because this is especially true for me. I’ve come to accept that whenever I remember something I need to do, I have roughly two minutes to write it down or it’s gone and it won’t come back until someone asks me, “hey, did you do that thing?”
I can often trace the usefulness of my day back to whether I spent ten minutes making a to-do list or not at the beginning of the day. Usually my lists starts with just a couple of things, but before long I’ve thought of 10 different things (usually small and easily forgotten) that I need to get done. If I skip this step, I’ll find myself unfocused in the middle of the day, or I’ll come home and kick myself when I think of several things that I really should have accomplished at work. Not having an elephant brain is no fun.
To combat my “non-elephantine” mind, I’ve started using a handy tool called Wunderlist. It’s a really simple to-do list app that syncs up to every device you have, is easy to use, and is free! Of course there is no shortage of to-do list apps, so find one and put it to use. After all, we’re all human, we all forget to send that one email. That’s why doing nothing but making a list is usually one of the biggest productivity tools I have.
What about you? What do you use to make lists? Any tips?