Most task management systems have some sort of “someday” column for projects with no urgency. Stuff like “visit Japan” or “learn the guitar” usually find a home here. However, just like we do Spring cleaning we have to cull this list, lest the emotional weight of these uncompleted tasks wear on us. If we’re not careful, this list can be a graveyard of lofty and unachievable tasks. David Caolo at The Unclutterer offers a solution:

“Visit Japan” is not a task, it’s a project. Fortunately, my old job helped me get good at breaking complex behaviors (or in this case, projects) down into very small, observable, concrete actions. Perhaps “discuss life in Japan with uncle who used to live there” is a doable first step. Maybe “research seasonal weather in Japan” or “find a well-written book on Japanese customs or food” could be other first steps.

As a result the “someday” list becomes a “research” list. “Figure out the answers to these questions and get moving,” says Caolo. “Avoid the clutter and guilt of a Someday/Maybe list and start working toward these projects in the present.”


  • Zainal Zulia

    Erm. Make sense. Thank U.

  • Louise Schenk

    This makes such great sense! I can’t tell you how many to-dos I gave up on because I was too afraid to pursue that huge step. Breaking it down to research topics will help me break down those fears as well.

  • elizachic

    Why don’t they teach you this stuff in second grade, or high school even!

  • Mohammad Waqar Akram

    I don’t agree

    • min

      is this all? is this all you got? if you want to play yes or no game, why don’t you find 2nd grade students as your friend?

      • Mohammad Waqar Akram

        The point is you should be having a niche and a complete plan there is nothing like someday is research task , You should be sure about before diving into any profession

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