To Do List
FEATURED,  Motivation


When I was in grade school, I started making lists. My to-do list of things to do outline my day in no real importance, noting I had school, then after-school practice, then homework, then perhaps some chores I needed/was required to get done.

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I kept the habit up in University, and at the start and end of each day I’d go over my list with handwritten notes a put a number beside each item, to indicate priority. I even got to a point where I scheduled the to-do list into my calendar to account for the hours.

University Hall McMaster
Ah, my Alma Mater

While it might have been a little neurotic, and really not very productive (since I was going to go to school and practice regardless of a list) I have since embraced the idea of list building to keep me focused, not let me procrastinate and even keep my project on track as new items come down the pipe.

While the building of lists still works in my day-to-day life, its been a real challenger to organize and implement.

I have books, articles, magazines and methods by the pile: so many, I’ve made a to-do list about which ones I need to read.

Piles upon Piles, Lists of Lists….

I’ve used it all: post it notes, colored-coded writing, color coded post-it notes. There are apps, notes on the bathroom mirror, timers. All of it.

When I took to writing this article, thinking my system was flawless, I reflected on how…imperfect it was.

So, since now is as good a time as any – having launched a blog for just these sorts of inauspicious events, its time to rethink.

“adapt, adopt and improve’

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What is the best, most effective way to build and maintain a daily and weekly to-do list?

And really: how can I actually get more done?

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Richard James Lee is a Canadian-born Writer, Chef and Entrepreneur. He is the Editor in Chief of Ions and Chef of Kayak SmokeHouse in Toronto. His Printed Works include Dark City Streets and White.