They only work when you do stuff you already know how to do.
But they don't work when you do something you don't know how to do.
And we live in a time where it gets more and more important to be able to do a lot of different things.
So called micro skills that will help you to build something out of nothing.
Because the world is changing.
It's going away from employment to being able to take care of yourself.
And that involves being able to do many different things.
So here's the thing...
When you do something you've never done before, when you do something you're not really good at yet, you'll never be able to predict how long it's going to take.
You're going to meet tons of obstacles and things you never even thought about, things you never even thought existed, so that a seemingly simple task that you thought might take an hour or so might end up taking you the whole day.
Or something you thought might maybe take you a day or two might end up taking you an entire week.
And you can't just split it up into a few hours.
Or a few days.
Or a few weeks
When you're facing a difficult problem you've gotta solve it right away.
You've gotta solve it right then, right there.
Or else you'd have to start all over again the next day.
And you'll never be able to solve that difficult problem.
That's why we hate doing new things.
Because it's so unpredictable.
It's probably the most unpredictable thing out there.
And living in a world where we try to optimize everything, where we try to be as efficient as possible there's no room for unpredictability.
There's only room for predictability.
To do lists don't work.