Your To-Do List is Keeping You Broke

Jul 26, 2023

We recently had an engaging discussion about the effectiveness of to-do lists and a revolutionary approach called time blocking. 

Amilya and Patricia debated the value of traditional to-do lists, with her arguing that they help her stay organized and productive. However, I presented an alternative perspective that challenges the notion of focusing solely on ticking off tasks.

When we create a to-do list, our minds naturally gravitate towards the simpler and more immediate tasks. We jot down routine responsibilities, errands, and mundane chores that give us a sense of accomplishment when completed. But are these tasks truly driving value and changing our lives?

During a mind dump, we typically start with generalities like picking up the kids, grabbing groceries, or running other errands. The interesting thing is that the critical tasks—the ones that have the potential to make a significant impact—often fall somewhere in the middle or at the end of the list. Unfortunately, they receive less attention and energy compared to the tasks at the top.

This is where time blocking comes in. Instead of allowing your to-do list to dictate your priorities, you take control by using it as a guide for time blocking. Here's how it works:


Begin by reviewing your entire to-do list and identifying the one task that, when accomplished, will have the most significant impact on your life at this moment. Extract this task from the middle or end of the list.


Next, break down that specific task into smaller segments—beginning, middle, and end. Assign a specific duration, such as 30 minutes or an hour, for each segment.


During your designated time block, focus solely on that task without distractions or detours. Resist the urge to go down the rabbit hole and spend excessive time on it. Research shows that stepping away and returning to a task with a fresh perspective can actually enhance its impact.


If you don't complete the task within the allocated time, don't fret. Simply reschedule it for another time block and maintain its priority.

By adopting this approach, you'll avoid getting caught up in unproductive cycles and allocate your time, energy, and resources to the tasks that truly matter—the ones that generate income, drive progress, and have a significant impact on your life.

Remember, not every task on your to-do list requires your undivided attention. Delegate mindless activities or routine tasks to others whenever possible. This way, you can preserve your focus, flow states, and energy for the work that truly moves the needle in your life.

It's time to revamp your approach to to-do lists. Start by brain dumping everything onto a list, then reassess and reprioritize. Identify the top two tasks that will genuinely impact your life and schedule them using the time blocking technique. Embrace the power of time blocking and witness a transformation in your productivity and success.

Are you ready to take on this challenge? We invite you to join us on this journey of unlocking your full potential. Watch the video, give time blocking a try, and let us know how it transforms your life.

Remember, it's not about the length of your to-do list; it's about the strategic allocation of your time and energy. Together, let's make every minute count!



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