Scrap Your To-Do List and Get More Done

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Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

Think back to your first cup of coffee. It tasted gross right? I remember when I first drank coffee as a teenager I wanted to spit it right out.

Instead, I gulped it down to be polite.

And when I’d finished drinking, it gave me an amazing buzz. I felt like I could do anything. Rise to any challenge. Win any battle. For a couple of hours, I was unstoppable.

So I went back for more.

And more, and more, and more.

The trouble is, when you drink coffee everyday, the caffeine stops giving you the same buzz it did the first time. You need to drink more and more to get the same caffeine high.

In the end, you’re forced to drink coffee to simply function.

If you stopped, cold turkey, you’d suffer headaches and nausea. You might even get the jitters.

There is a way for coffee to regain its potency. Coffee can become your much needed energy boost whenever you feel tired.

But for this to happen, you must make a big sacrifice.

To give coffee it’s superpowers back, you’ve got to stop drinking coffee. Painful, but true. Coffee will only work again when it’s no longer part of your daily diet.

That’s a great example of back-to-front philosophy.

You can apply this way of thinking to productivity, too.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

The fact is, tasks are a lot like coffee. When we get a few of them done, we feel awesome. So awesome that we decide to take more on.

“If getting things done feels this good,” we reason, “Then I am going to do EVERYTHING!”

You know whath happens next. You say yes to things you don’t really have time to do. You add tasks to your task list that you never, realistically, will have the time to complete.

You wind up feeling overwhelmed and out of control. Your task list is so darn long it doesn’t seem worth the bother of doing any of it. So you procrastinate instead.

So what’s the back-to-front way of getting more done?

Give up doing stuff.

Or, to be more precise, do less stuff.

Cross tasks off your list without even doing them.

You will have to be ruthless here. We get attached to tasks on our task lists just like a two-year-old with her favorite plushie. Don’t be sentimental about it.

Have a realistic task list you can complete. Leave empty space in your life to kick back and unwind.

Then, when your last list is done, you can go back to feeling awesome.

What do you say?

Lori R Taylor is the founder and executive editor of Social Caffeine. In 2009 she started her own direct response focused social media agency, REV Media Marketing LLC, coining the phrase given by her young son, “You bring the rain, we’ll make it pour.” Follow Lori on Twitter.

David is our acting editor. He’s British, but we don’t hold that against him.

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