This science article in The Guardian argues that in this age of beeping smartphones and information overload, to-do lists have never been more important.
Included are perspectives from neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin, Mount Saint Vincent University Professor Michelle Eskritt, University of Salford Professor Andy Miah, and New York University Professor of Psychology Peter Gollwitzer. Related research by these contributors includes Eskritt & Ma (2014) Intentional forgetting: Note-taking as a naturalistic example and Oettingen et al. (2015) Self-regulation of time management: Mental contrasting with implementation intentions.
The Guardian article concludes with a list to help people master their other to-do lists:
- Streamline your day-to-day tasks
- Don’t load your list with unachievable assignments
- Don’t use your to-do list as a memory aid
- Consider grouping your to-do lists by deadline
- Then pare down your “now” list
- Don’t keep your to-do list in your smart phone
- Or try an even more low-tech approach