When does you planning system or list get in your way and slow you down? Why?

Jordan May
More and more things that seem important come to mind when i think of what to put down on paper. Trying to achieve them all get me agitate now and again. Not writing things focuses on short tasks at hand though and I miss out those important tasks I try to hide from.

Joseph Schult
I've been working on this very problem. I think it will do me more good if I do more planning one time a week and less planning on a daily basis. I've been restructuring my weak as part of the start for a new year

Mahé Legrand
It only gets in the way when I don’t set aside enough time to do it. If you se aside time for the actual act then it saves time throughout the day by adding focus and decreasing mental chatter.

Kai-uwe Schaible
When the list gets too long and too detailed. I find that it helps to just focus on three major things, with the understanding that these three bullet points may come with its own to-do list. But overplanning can be a real problem that more hinders than helps. The overambitious tendency to lay out the day ahead of you can potentially set you up for disappointment by the end of it, because you will not have completed your list that you spent so long making. The simpler, the better.

Tom Ramirez
It gets in the way when I add way too much to the list. Then it becomes daunting and I get anxiety about my to do list. I sometimes don't end up doing any of it because of that. Then I feel like an unproductive person

Rose Miller
When the list is too long.

Guillaume Boyer
In the beginning of using digital checklists the notifications were good and interesting. But after you get the hang of the routine, the digital alarms and notifications are unnecessary
They are time-consuming to individually respond to and to disable. I think it could be good if after a few weeks or a month or two the notifications became much subtler, like the screen noiselessly turning a different hue (pink or blue or gold) without *any other visual or auditory cues* for what you should be doing next.

Madu Ribeiro
If you plan too much for one day or your list items are too vague then you won't know exactly what to do. It's also a good idea to put the items in consequential order.

Paula Hain
My planning system or list only gets in my way if I over-commit myself, or try to follow it blindly. I've found that to-do lists and habit systems are living, breathing things — they shine when I consider them a growing, changing part of myself. For example, taking the Fabulous Team's advice, I regularly reassess my habits and routines; I trim away the activities that are not working for me, and I try to keep the number of habits at a manageable level. I know I have too many when I start to get stressed and anxious about finishing them; I know one isn't right for me or needs to be reframed when I miss it on a regular basis, or check it off with hardly a thought. For example: the Meditation habit really came to life for me when I moved it from the morning (which is busy for me, and already had a prayer time habit) to late afternoon — right when I need to take a 10-minute break to refresh and encourage myself. My morning routine is the longest, with seven habits; yet after several months, I've curated those 7 to be activities that motivate me, that I love to do, and which keep me healthy and give me a feeling of accomplishment. On the flip side, I recently discarded a nightly routine that I was emotionally attached to, but which was way too ambitious for the time of day and the amount of habits. I was leaving it incomplete on a regular basis. So, over a few days, I eliminated a couple habits and split the others off into other routines, other times of day; I even changed a couple habits to appear only two days a week. The results were wonderful. I now feel liberated, happy to accomplish these healthy and supportive steps for myself. TO-DO LISTS are another thing I live by; and I recently added the Fabulous "Make a Timeline" feature to my list-making process. At first I got frazzled, because my day rarely follows my proposed timeline, especially when some events depend on other people. But I've found that making a timeline isn't a LAW for how my time SHOULD go — it's a TOOL for helping me organize my thoughts, prioritize my activities, and approach my day in a mindful way. Once I looked at the list as a living document, and allowed myself to be flexible and adjust the list as I go, my stress level decreased significantly. Even though I need to keep my lists updated, I have a great feeling of being in charge of my own time, instead of feeling at the mercy of unexpected interruptions and others' schedules. I may have to take some "TO-DOs" from one day to the next, but at least I accomplish what's important to me, and I don't have all those tasks racketing around in my over-stressed subconscious!

Terri Davidson
Not often. But I do find myself sometime duplicating my To Do List. I use a manual notebook & Wunderlist which sync’s across devices.