You’ve probably seen advice about why it’s a great idea to maintain a rolling to-do list of projects — big and small — that you need to get done. Some efficiency experts recommend writing a to-do list each morning, in which you meticulously transfer incomplete to-dos from the old list to the new one every day. You might have noticed that this system doesn’t work very well, and you probably just assumed that it’s your own fault. But according to the Harvard Business Review, it’s not you. In a nutshell, the entire system is flawed, and simply sets you up for failure.
Harvard Business Review cites several key problems with rolling to-do lists. Here are some of the most compelling:
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