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Endless to-do list

There is an infinite amount of work to be done.

And it’s OK. That’s just the way it is.

If you try, you will have no problem coming up with so many things to do that it would take you more than a lifetime to do them all. Anyone can sit down and generate hundreds and thousands of tasks, ideas, goals and projects.

Your to-do list is endless. It will always be endless.

And it’s OK.

Also, what’s written on your to-do list is just a tiny fraction of all the things you could potentially do. But hopefully, the things on your to-do list are the ones that are important. If not, you need to fix that.

Not only that your to-do list is endless, many of the tasks on your to-do list are also endless. Many projects can be worked on, optimized, tweaked and improved infinitely.

And it’s OK.

You simply need to know when to stop “perfecting” things. There’s a certain point when working on something stops making sense. It’s the law of diminishing returns.

You will never do it all – that’s impossible.

And it’s OK. It’s just the way things are.

Since there is an infinite amount of work to be done, the game is not about doing more. It’s all about doing what matters now.

Anyone can be crazy-busy, running on the treadmill of endless activity. But only few people can be truly productive.

Working 16 hours a day is not impressive. Creating immense value, getting results, accomplishing remarkable things, learning, enjoying the journey – that’s impressive.

First and foremost, it’s about what work you do. Only then it makes sense to ask how much work you do.

It’s all about the results and value you create. Or, it’s about the journey and what you learn. But it’s never about doing things with little or even negative impact.

So…. what do you make out of this?

Well:

  1. Don’t worry about doing all your tasks. It’s impossible anyway.
  2. Prioritize. Pick the right things to do now. Don’t plan too much ahead. Things change too much anyway.
  3. Know when to stop working on things. Learn to say “good enough”. It will never be perfect anyway.

And remember – it’s OK.

Maybe all this sounds like common sense. But have you ever fully embraced and accepted that you can’t do it all?

Don’t fight the reality. The odds are against you. The endless amount of work will paralyze you.

Should you accept and embrace reality, you will become incredibly productive. You will do what matters – and only what matters. People will wonder: How is it possible you get so much done?

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  • guest

    How often I forget it. So true.