Slate readers submit their to-do-list techniques.

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Oct. 12 2009 6:58 AM

The Better To-Do List

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Gurus

The devotion to Getting Things Done would be frightening if I didn't share it. Several people with very impressive signature files said it had changed their lives. Other suggestions included Mark McGuinness' "Time Management for Creative People" and Michael LeBoeuf's Working Smart.

The submissions were, on the whole, thoughtful, generous, and detailed. A few respondents said the whole endeavor was a waste of time: We should all stop making lists because if we can't remember something, it's not important. This point of view, however, seems unconfirmed by human experience. Others suggested that we should all be less obsessed with doing things—to which I can only say, amen. The most useful variant of these two themes is the caveat that not everything on a list can be completed. Although if "read Slate article on to-do lists" was on your list, you may now cross it off.