Removing tasks from your todo lists and tasks lists is just as important as the creation of these lists.
Over time you will gather in a large number of tasks and your priorities will shift. Whether this is due to changes in outlook, new directions from a manager or career, or something else entirely.
What is important is that you review your lists and tasks and remove the most non-essential. This reduces the “mental overhead” and allows you to focus more time and energy on the most important tasks in front of you.
How many times have you been working on something important and been distracted thinking about something like ordering light bulbs for the bathroom so that you have an extra set? While that might not (hopefully not!) be the exact situation, it’s the type of thing that saps us of our productive hours.
What I recommend is setting up a side list in Evernote or a notepad and dumping in these low priority tasks or activities. If you have time or find yourself with free time and energy and want something to do – now you have a place where you can go to grab a quick item and knock it out.
This comes in handy for more important tasks too – helping you to focus on the very top items while realizing that other tasks are not as important. That’s not to say that they aren’t going to get done or they should be ignored, but you have to realize that you have a finite amount of time and should only deal with the most important topics in your life.