We talk a lot about honing the perfect to do list here at Lifehacker, but Redditor Phospholipids reminds us that sometimes, a second to do list — with those little things you can get done in between tasks — is a great way to get things done.
Image: Mike Gifford.
Phospholipids explains in further detail:
In your todos, create a category called ’10 min’ tasks. It has helped me gotten small stuffs done much more efficiently, for those small tasks that you remember at random times of the day, but can never remember when you get home (such as to cut your nails, or to clear up your desk). Those tasks that take maximum of 10 minutes.
I had never made a “formal” 10-minute list, but always ended up making one on a scratch piece of paper, or as a note in Simplenote — just because I wanted to keep it separate from my real to-do list. After formalising it and making a separate to-do list next to my main one, it’s been a big help in keeping these little tasks under control.