Turn Your Someday List Into Research Tasks To Avoid Clutter And Guilt

A "Someday" or "Someday/Maybe" list is a great place to keep all those tasks you want to consider for later. Unfortunately, this list can quickly fill up with goals you'll never act on. The Unclutterer blog recommends four questions you should consider to clean up your list and make it achievable.

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In the GTD productivity system, items put on your tasks lists should be concrete, observable actions. Because of its vague far-off-ness, however, you might be more likely to dump complex projects onto your Someday list. Unclutterer suggests renaming the list "Research", which sounds more proactive and less like a waiting room, and culling your list by honestly asking:

  1. Is this list a dumping ground for the unachievable?
  2. Am I dropping things here that are too unpleasant to consider for some reason?
  3. Is there a way to actually make progress on this?
  4. What is the first tiny baby step I can actually do?

These questions might help you turn Someday/Maybe into now or, at least, sooner rather than never.

Keep your Someday list from being clutter [Unclutterer]


Comments

    Good tips. I personally structure my lists purely as a list of items I CAN easily complete that day, even for bigger things as you say - you don't need to finish it in a day, you just need to take a single action that is headed in the right direction. Easily achievable and a fantastic feeling at the end of every day to look back at your productive work.

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