When “To Do” Becomes “Too Due”

or, the Ballad of Gary and Steve

Almost everyone I know has a “To Do” list that runs to several pages–if, indeed, it’s all in one place. At the bottom are some low-priority items that languish for weeks, maybe months, while the more important things get priority.

One day, for whatever reason, we realize how long some tasks have been pending. “I’ve just got to get that done and off the list,” we say. This is the moment when “To Do” has become “Too Due.” How do we handle it?

I once worked with two guys named Gary and Steve. They were totally unlike one another, yet together they were a powerhouse at getting work done. I’ve found that by combining elements of their work styles, I can clear some “Too Due” tasks quickly.

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