Freedom of choice is critical to our well being. Nonetheless, even though we have more choices than ever before, and thus, presumably, more freedom, we don't seem to be benefiting from it psychologically. Psychologist Barry Schwartz argues that eliminating choices can greatly reduce anxiety. "The Jam Study...
" by Iyengar and Lepper backs his argument.
The Paradox of Choice applies not only to your shopping experience but also to managing your todo list.
When people are busy juggling many tasks for different projects, keeping track of those tasks in itself becomes a chore. No one wants to scan a long list of tasks before they choose what to work on. Not only is a long to-do list de-motivating, but picking a single item to work on creates a sense of opportunity cost. No matter what you choose you will be left feeling “Is this the optimal use of my time?”. As illustrated in this infographic, studies have found that when people are faced with many choices, they will begin to evaluate their options in terms of missed opportunities. This increases their negative emotions and often leads to a decision making paralysis.
Using a unique visualization and prioritization technique, Sandglaz Infinity Grids solve the problem of increased choices when it comes to managing a large number of tasks. Instead of a long intimidating list, Infinity grids break down your todo's into visual milestones for example weekly. This allows you to quickly look at what you need to do this week rather than filtering and searching through an entire flat list of todos.
Using infinity grids over a flat to-do list can greatly reduce anxiety and increase your productivity. A video tutorial on infinity grids can be found here: http://www.sandglaz.com/pages/videos#infinity_grids
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