I love making lists so much, you guys. Some days I spend more time organizing and list-slinging than I spend getting shit done. I run into trouble, though, whenever I’m between deadlines with a pileup of projects or ideas clamoring at equal volume for my attention. This might just be my quirk, but a to-do list is useless to me if I can’t get it in the right order. I can waste hours hemming and hawing, trying to figure out what to tackle first and next, only to land on Netflix, with sore eyes, a mushy brain, and nothing accomplished.
Part 1: Quick Trick
2. For lists of up to ten items: is there a theme to your list-to-be? Choose the tarot or playing card suit (you can use a regular deck of playing cards) that best matches your current focus. For lists with over ten items, use the Major Arcana and skip ahead to step four.
It makes sense to run two different timelines on the same list of projects, because something that could take years to complete might require research or planning now; a new idea you’re really into this week might benefit from more stewing time before you dig into it; and another idea might be so ripe that it’s best to bang it out now, but wait to publish until you’ve had time to cool down and do a last round of detached edits months later. That said, resist the temptation to re-draw the same list over and over until you get an order that you like. If you know what order you want to use, you don’t need this exercise, just go with what you know. Pulling card after card on the same question is procrastination.
Part 2: Tarot Spread
6. Place your sticky notes on the back of each chosen card.
9. Bring back your first and/or last cards, if any, and place them in your timeline. If you’ve drawn The Fool for any other to-do, place it together with your pre-assigned first item. They need equal immediate attention.
11. Follow your list. Go do the stuff!