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Declaring ‘To-Do List Bankruptcy’

Sometimes you gotta burn it all down and start fresh

“Fire”, by Vladimir Pustovit

Last week I had to take drastic measures in my organizational life.

I declared “to-do bankruptcy”.

I took my mammoth to-do list — a huge teetering pile of undone tasks — and burned it to the ground.




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Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson

I write three times a week about tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer for NYT mag/Wired; author of “Coders” and “Smarter Than You Think”

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