I just read an article that reminded me of something I wanted to do last week. Why haven’t I completed the task? It was on my “to-do list,” and I had not got around to it.
This made me frustrated with the term “to-do,” because the unanswered subconscious dilemma is “when?”
When will all the items on the “to-do” list finally be completed? Perhaps that’s why a list of items to do is not actually goal setting. There are no definitive dates or times that are set to ensure when the items will actually be done. And there lies the problem with the list.
It’s just a list, not an action plan. Maybe we should change the name of the “to-do” list to the “action plan” or “today’s list.”
These are just suggestions to cause a mental shift from what we need “to-do” to what “we’re doing.”