As I've written before, I am a great fan of to do lists. They keep me focused and on task with my writing, and they have probably saved me from missing numerous deadlines. Besides, I get a little irrational thrill each time I can mark off a completed task.
My problem with to do lists, though, is my tendency to pack to much stuff in to them. Instead of picking three to five tasks that I need to get done, I cram on 20 or 30 that I would like to get done in a perfect world.
When I sit down at my desk each morning and see that huge, honking to do list staring up at me, I immediately start to feel tense and anxious. I know that no matter how long, hard, or diligently I work, I will never be able to cross every item off that list. The majority will roll over to the next day, already stuffed with its own projects.