Why Task Lists Fail?

In this week’s cast, Ray, Augusto, Francis and Art discuss why task lists fail in your personal productivity systems? And, we offer some tips for making task lists that are resilient to our workaday worlds. (If you’re reading this in a podcast directory/app, please visit https://productivitycast.net/132 for clickable links and the full show notes and transcript of this cast.) Enjoy! Give us feedback! And, thanks for listening! If you’d like to continue discussing Why Task Lists Fail? from this episode, please click here to leave a comment down below (this jumps you to the bottom of the post). In this Cast | Why Task Lists Fail? Ray Sidney-Smith Augusto Pinaud Art Gelwicks Francis Wade Show Notes | Why Task Lists Fail? Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context. How to Master the Art of To-Do Lists by Understanding Why They Fail : iDoneThis blog Todoist Remember the Milk Raw Text Transcript Raw, unedited and machine-produced text transcript so there may be substantial errors, but you can search for specific points in the episode to jump to, or to reference back to at a later date and time, by keywords or key phrases. The time coding is mm:ss (e.g., 0:04 starts at 4 seconds into the cast’s audio). Read More Voiceover Artist 0:00Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life, then you’ve come to the right place. ProductivityCast the weekly show about all things productivity, here are your hosts, Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks. Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17Welcome back, everybody to ProductivityCast, the weekly show about all things personal productivity. I’m Ray Sidney-Smith. Augusto Pinaud 0:23I’m Augusto Pinaud. Francis Wade 0:24I’m Francis Wade. Art Gelwicks 0:25And I’m Art Gelwicks. Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:26Welcome, gentlemen, and welcome to our listeners to this action packed episode of ProductivityCast. Today, we are going to be talking about Action Lists, actually, we’re gonna be talking about task lists, and really what they’re all about, why do we have them? Why do we use them, and some of the common pitfalls that people experience while they are trying to manifest and utilize their task lists. And this is a perennial topic, but I think it was triggered by an article that we picked up from the I done this.com site. And we thought we would have a discussion around some of the things that people really do get hung up on when it comes to task lists. So let’s start the conversation off around the idea of why do we have a task list? What is the purpose of a task list, and let’s go from there. Art Gelwicks 1:10we start off with the common knowledge of everybody visualizes a task list. And it’s a list of items with checkboxes next to it. And that’s usually, unfortunately, as far as people will think. But a task list is so much more than that. And it’s not just things to do, I think one of the biggest problems we get into and we saw this in the article, we’ve seen this, in numerous conversations about this topic, is understanding the scope of what a task list can do for us, rather than what we can do for it saying apologies to JFK. So when we think about a task list, we’re initially trying to capture all those little things that we have to do on a given day, given week, given month, whatever. And we’re trying to get those off of that list. Well, that becomes an action in and of itself, trying to clear that listing. I, I suppose that a task list is probably one of the best tracking and planning tools we have available to us. We use all different kinds of tools. But if you if you take a task list and you soup it up, you start to get into a project management tool. So wait, if it has that level of capability with just some extra features. What can a regular task list do to us do for us? Well,