The “Why” Of The List Doesn’t Matter

Different things work for different people. For so long I’ve been overwhelmed with choice when trying to do or learn something. There’s always other things, other tools, other processes. As a result, I’ve been a chronic procrastinator.

My brain always looks to the “why” of things. If I can’t figure that out, my instinct is to dismiss it. I can’t just accept something I don’t understand.

As part of my Asperger’s revelation I’ve been looking at what others do and don’t do; what helps or hinders them.

One of these things is to-do lists. I’ve never gotten on with them in the past. I’ve always thought they were just an additional layer that surely adds to the task list. Over the last few days I’ve given them more time, and they seem to be making me productive.

My understanding of “why” comes down to the fact that I have millions of thoughts, all randomly trying to pull me in different directions. This constant distraction is problematic. It’s additionally problematic when I’m never starting anything because I know it’s quite involved and I will be distracted. It is inevitable.

With a to-do list app on my phone I can release that idea by acknowledging it, adding it as a note, then carrying on. I know I have a small number of items on the list that I can chip away at wherever I am.

Where I used to let the choice of tools and processes paralyse me, I have now broken the “process” down and solved it.

  • ToDo App (to easily add, edit and manage items)
  • Simple Notepad (almost everything I do is text based, so this is any easy, multiple text file manager)
  • WordPress (every post so far has been written on the app)

So far, this process has allowed me to tweak some of the blog, as well as writing three blog posts in a few days. It’s very likely that all of that would be left undone otherwise.

My whole outlook has been challenged since the Asperger’s revelation. That now includes the concept that if something seems to help and I don’t understand why, I now try to just go with it, on the logic that I’ll figure out why eventually.


One thought on “The “Why” Of The List Doesn’t Matter

  1. Gordon, your blog will soon be added to our Actually Autistic Blogs List ( Please click on the “How do you want your blog listed?” link at the top of that site to customize your blog’s description.
    Thank you.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)


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