Work-life balance is a hot topic. People often ask me questions about how to define the boundaries between business and personal commitments. Should I include the personal things with the business stuff on my "projects" lists? Should I have "reorganize the garden area" on the same list as "reorganize my department"?
The answer is that it depends on the purpose of your list.
But if you have the same reason for lists that I do -- to get everything off your mind, except whatever you're currently doing, as quickly and easily as possible -- then having everything, whether you'd consider it "personal" or "business," in as few places as possible is the most efficient. If you split personal and professional, it's just going to take you that much more effort and time to review all the lists to get them off your mind.
Read the rest of this op-ed on AOL News.
By the way, Ivory Madison of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.