Most professionals—63%, according to a LinkedIn study—use to-do lists, butmany people wrongly conflate them with goals. In this video, consider how daily activities—the kind that are on your to-do list—can and should fit in with your overarching goals.
- You probably have a to-do list.…I know I do, and in fact, according to a LinkedIn study,…63% of professionals also have them.…On one hand, it's a great way to keep track of your tasks…and make sure nothing gets forgotten,…but on the other, to-do lists just aren't that effective.…In fact, one startup that offered a to-do list functionality…studied its users habits…and discovered that a full 41% of tasks that were inputted…never got done.…That's not an amazing success rate.…
So, is it possible to use to-do lists effectively,…and how do they connect to our goals, anyway?…First, let's start with some definitions and distinctions.…A to-do list is a document, written or online,…that helps you track specific tasks that need to happen.…That is absolutely not the same thing as your goals,…and you'll make yourself miserable if you conflate them.…Your goals are high-level strategic priorities.…You want to try to align your to-do list,…those pesky, day-to-day tasks, with your goals,…not the other way around.…
For most people, there are three types of tasks…
- Setting your goals
- How many goals should you have?
- The difference between a goal and a to-do list
- Building systems to help you succeed
- Making success a way of life
- Learning to ignore the unimportant
- Rewarding yourself for success