They definitely offer us reassurance, but the effectiveness of ‘to-do’-lists is being questioned. There are alternatives which are more viable and efficient. Let’s find them out.

The question of effectiveness

It is a habit adopted by many people: to draft a list of to-do things at the beginning of the day or the week. It is often embraced because it can offer reassurance and give us the impression of keeping things under control.

In addition, people suppose that drawing up a list is frequently well regarded by the other colleagues and the superiors.

However, there are people who are of the opinion that ‘to-do’-lists can contribute to the decline of productivity. The reason behind this opinion is that ‘to-do’-lists can trigger unusual behaviors to who draws them up.

Why do ‘to-do’-lists hurt productivity?

The supporters of the idea that ‘to-do’-lists are ineffective have increased lately. Among them is author and lecturer Nir Eyal.

In an interview he gave to The Next Web, he precisely claims that ‘to-do’-lists are unproductive.

According to Eyal, the people who compose this kind of lists often tend to bypass the most important and delicate tasks in order to focus on the easier ones.

A viable alternative

According to the aforementioned author, there is an alternative that is not going to influence the worker’s productivity.

Thus, the most efficient method would be the use of a calendar. This calendar would be divided in blocks, in which each specific task would have to be inserted.

In that manner, better performance on the completion of tasks would be possible, because the tasks would be bound to a timetable which would regulate the hour in which they have to completed. This way productivity will be safeguarded.