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The No. 1 mistake ‘even smart people make’ when creating to-do lists, according to a productivity guru

The biggest waste of time and source of stress in the workplace is chasing our to-do lists. How often have you found yourself chasing after 14 different tasks that keep scurrying down 25 rabbit holes? Every day, most likely. (It’s a lot like that “whack-a-mole” game we used to play as kids. The adult version is not fun.)

When it comes to productivity and creating to-do lists, the biggest mistake that even smart people make is focusing too much on their goals and not giving themselves the freedom to take a step back to recalibrate their focus. And those who do attempt to do this often get distracted and allow their thoughts to scatter.

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