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How Your To-Do List is Killing Your Productivity

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If you’re anything like me, your to-do list is a mix of meaningless words (I’m not quite sure what I meant by a task simply labeled, “pinball”) and months-old testaments to procrastination. It seems no matter how much I wish I had a fully functional tally of tasks, my brain conspires to keep it a useless mess.

Turns out, most of us are unwittingly sabotaging our own efforts to stay on top of tasks by writing our to-do lists the wrong way. To find out how to fix them, I consulted a cadre of brain researchers and experts. Not only is a working to-do list attainable for anybody, but thanks to these brain-hacky shortcuts, it’s also probably easier than you think.