We are trained early on to think that lists must be linear – one item after another, with cute little check boxes next to each. But what if your brain isn't the linear type? Many people, especially creatives, have trouble thinking in a linear fashion. Forcing themselves to create To-Do lists in a traditional manner makes them feel stifled and bored, precisely the wrong mindset in which to do your best thinking.
(For instance, “Send new customers the latest autoresponder series.”).
(“I'd need to load the series into my email system”)
(“Before that, I'd need to write the series.”).
(“I'd need to create a new list in my email system and load the new contacts into it.”).