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Fast Company has a survey of how the to-do list has evolved, with examples from fascinating historical figures, and a reference to David Allen and GTD.
The Amazing History Of The To-Do List–And How To Make One That Actually Works
Put down that pen and paper and read this first. Bonus: the real to-do lists of Ben Franklin and Johnny Cash.
By Belle Beth Cooper
When I was a kid, I read a book called The Listmaker. It’s about a young girl who uses lists to organize and make sense of her life. At the time I didn’t read any more into it besides the fact that this was an odd hobby for a pre-teen girl to spend so much time on.
Now, although I don’t remember the book that well, I do see much more significance in the humble list–especially after researching where they come from and why we make lists.
As I researched this post I realised how hard it is to pinpoint the origin of something as simple and widespread as the list (to-do or otherwise), but I did find out some interesting stories about how lists have been used in the past and why we find them useful in everyday life.
Read the full article here.