The origin of the to-do list and how to design one that actually works
The list is the origin of culture. Wherever you look in cultural history, you will find lists. – Umberto Eco
When I was a kid, I read a book called The Listmaker. It’s about a young girl who uses lists to organize and make sense of her life.
If you’ve heard of David Allen’s GTD method, you’ll be familiar with his concept of “next steps,” which is pretty much the same thing. It’s the process of breaking down a project or task into smaller tasks, and planning which one will be the next step towards completing the whole thing.
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