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Life Saver or Noose? - Ten Quix To-Do List Tips

Let’s look at To-Do Lists, whether they feel like a life saver or a noose, in some new ways, with advice for the MBTI judging preference and MBTI perceiving preference. Read both, since you do both every day, even though you prefer one over the other.


1. Get New Skills
You probably have a high level of comfort with lists so the more structured you are, the greater your chance of success. Hone your To-Do list skills through reading and attending trainings.

2. Effective Everywhere
Don’t be alarmed if your love of To Do lists spills over into non-work aspects of your life; this is your natural inclination. You can pack a lot of fun adventures into a too-short vacation, which is a wonderful trait. Just be sure to nicely tell your loved ones about your preference and that there’s a reason why you are who you are.

3. Exercise your Perceiving Side
Once your work is done, try allowing a small amount of time to be as unstructured as you can stand to be. Try showing up as late as you can stand for something (pick an event for which it doesn’t really matter whether you’re on time or not). Leave part of a To-Do list undone on purpose.


4. Curiosity
Ask ‘what’s engaging my curiosity within this To-Do list? If you follow the items that most speak to your interest, you’ll enjoy what you’re doing more, which makes you more effective.

5. Quality Counts
Place a new column next to your To-Do items that says ‘quality’. Write down how you’d like to complete a task, not just the quantity of tasks. For example, ‘file my receipts playfully’ or ‘gracefully’, ‘exuberantly’, or ‘pretending I’m a musical robot’, whatever quality will get you interested in a looming mundane task. We all want a richer quality of life, and that can start with this moment by placing ‘process’ on the same level of importance as ‘product’.

6. War Is Over
To Do lists may go against your grain. You may struggle with them, thinking you ‘should’ use them, only ‘highly effective people’ use them. Well, it may be a good time to let the war inside be over on this one. People who prefer perceiving would leave doors of opportunity open rather than finishing and closing one. The very idea of completing a To Do list, as much as you may long for it to be otherwise, goes against your nature. You don’t have to use them –  I won’t tell anyone.

7. Use the Tool
There are times when the pain of a task sitting there for a prolonged period of time undone is greater than the pain of following a To Do list. Compose To Do lists task by task, breaking them down into really small chunks. Remember this is just a tool in your tool box; the list exists to serve you and your productivity, not the other way around. Use a prioritized, uncluttered doable list to complete a necessary task and then put the To Do list away.

8. Free Time Each Day
Give yourself some time each day during which you are guided by your natural inquisitiveness, free from a To Do list. This will feed your perceiving preference, and will allow you to be more comfortable when you do live in the land of the To Do list.

9. Take the Weekend Off
If by the weekend you’re ‘To-Do Listed out’, you can be courageous and declare a ‘To Do’ list-free day or days. Allow yourself to amble out into the world in the unstructured way that best suits you. If you live each day all day by a To Do list, you’re going to end up drained, edgy, and dissatisfied because it’s going against your preference. If you find you enjoy your ‘To-Do List-free’ weekend move the concept out into parts of your work week.

10. Play with Judging
If you’re feeling playful, want to stretch, and want to grow– Use a To Do list in a case where you wouldn’t ordinarily think of using one, give yourself a time limit and get the task done. If it’s a repetitive task, time yourself and see if you can maximize your efficiency. Tick your tasks off one by one in the most satisfying way you can. If you find yourself delighted by your productivity and feel lighter from having gotten a task or two off your back, you now know the joy of judging. You could even finish a task early, well before it’s due. This isn’t recommended to do most of the time –  just some of the time to try something new.