PSD Video Tip #42: What Is a Closed Task List?

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Do you know what a closed task list is? If not, then it’s time learn more about this as it can have a dramatic impact on your productivity and daily energy levels.

With a very simple action, you can make your daily task list more manageable than what it is now.

Thanks for Mark Forster for this marvelous tip. I learned it from his great book “Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management”. Highly recommended.

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My name is Timo Kiander aka Productive Superdad.

I want to show you how to improve your productivity when working at home and find time for the fun stuff in your life!


  1. I am the queen of the open task list – which isn’t always a good thing. I like your simple suggestion about creating a closed task. Though I think I’m going to take some of those newly added tasks and re-route them for a later date on my calendar. I think too often I make things a rush-rush priority when they’re really not.

    • Timo Kiander says:

      Hi Monique!

      Thank you!

      In fact, this is the advice I got from Mark Forster’s “Do it tomorrow and other secrets of time management”.

      It’s a great read and highly recommended.


  2. Wow, that’s a simple but powerful activity… so many people find themselves reacting to their day as opposed to planning proactively. There’s no way you can stick to your priorities when you’re playing what I can to-do list “whack a mole.”

  3. Hi Timo,
    It’s nice to get a different perspective, if only in terminology. I have always looked at my task list as a flexible overall view of steps to my goals. If I discover new tasks for a particular goal, they need to be added, but their priority/due dates should control when thy are to be done. If that new task reroutes another task to the bottom of the list, it’s simply what needs to happen to reach the goal at the desired time. So open or closed lists? I like flexible ones.

    • Timo Kiander says:

      Hi Sally!

      You have the point.

      However, I try to keep lists closed as much as possible, since that helps me to accomplish the tasks for the day.


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