A Better To-Do List

I don’t often devote an entire blog post to someone else’s blog, but this is an exception. One of my favorite bloggers is Merlin Mann at 43Folders. He’s the one that got me into using a Moleskine notebook. He’s also a Mac user and an expert at applying the workflow management principles articulated by David Allen in Getting Things Done.

Today, he wrote the first article in a two-part series, entitled Building a Smarter To-Do List. This should be required reading for everyone in the workplace. I continue to be amazed at the number of people who don’t know how to intelligently manage their workflow. But, then again, where is this kind of thing taught?

The article is very, very basic, but invaluable. I strongly urge you to stop what you are doing now (you’re just surfing, right?) and go read the article. Even as a seasoned GTD practitioner, I learned a number of things. I am eagerly awaiting the second installment tomorrow.

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  • http://blogforbooks.com Stacy L. Harp

    This was very good. It reminds me of my grad school time and how I had to do the smaller tasks in order to accomplish the larger ones.

    Thanks for this,I’m going to go and make my list now :)

  • Anonymous

    I agree that this was a powerful article. Managing tasks and time (our most valuable commodity) is essential to managing projects and running a successful business.

  • http://weblog.myticklerfile.com Marion Newman

    I agree that this is a powerful article. Managing tasks and time (our most valuable commodity) is essential to managing projects and running a successful business.

  • http://wiki.43folders.com/index.php/MyLifeOrganized Julia Benshoff

    Great article! Is anyone using new to-do list manager with GTD roots “MyLife Organized”? I found some pretty good recommendations on it:

    http://wiki.43folders.com/index.php/MyLifeOrganized

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