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Anyone else suffer from list-bloat?

Does anyone else suffer from lists that are just too large and fuzzy to be of any use? I use Outlook for my lists, but I'm sure this could apply regardless of system.

I put too much down on my list, without properly framing it, without giving it the right verb, without checking I've not already got it there in the first place, with the result that every now and then I need to scrap the entire list and start again.

Is it just me? Are everyone else's lists right first time? Does anyone else struggle specifically with list of projects? Does anyone really bother with the 'anything two action steps or over' idea? Or is it just me that thinks this demands too much maintenance?

I ramble on at greater length here, and don't get me started about e-mail!

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I spent part of Friday...

I spent part of Friday afternoon making a monster list of everything I wanted to do at home -- from the trivial ("fill out rebate for paint") to the huge ("finish painting bookshelves") and the been-percolating-in-my-mind-forever ("put my grandfather's medals in a shadow box for display").

At first it was overwhelming to see all the things I had written down (over 100, I'd guess) but later on I felt really good that I didn't have to devote that mental energy to remembering stuff like "replace dryer duct" even if I didn't get it done this weekend. (I was a little saddened when I thought of more things to do or when I finished a project to realize I had forgotten to put it on the list...)

Anyway, it went pretty well: I put a sizable dent in the list, and both our cars are in the garage for the first time since we moved into the house, about a year ago.




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