The Amazing History of the To-Do List and How to Make One That Works

A post from Belle Beth Cooper on the Fast Company blog

Wooden hourglass 3Cooper gives us a quick lesson on how to best make a to-do list and some information about their history. Philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco explains why we make lists. Cooper reminds us how Benjamin Franklin used lists to improve himself and taught us all about it in his biography. She provides four tips on how to write and use a to-do list. You will even learn what the Zeigarnik effect is and how to avoid it. You will learn a lot more—

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. At the time I didn’t read any more into it besides the fact that this was an odd hobby for a pre-teen girl to spend so much time on. 

Now, although I don’t remember the book that well, I do see much more significance in the humble list–especially after researching where they come from and why we make lists. 

As I researched this post I realized how hard it is to pinpoint the origin of something as simple and widespread as the list (to-do or otherwise), but I did find out some interesting stories about how lists have been used in the past and why we find them useful in everyday life.

Read the rest here…

And if you would like to learn a bit more about the history of the to-do list read this post from Brain Pickings From Maria Popova.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.