On holiday I rediscovered the joy of waking up without a to-do list in my head. Instead, I had only one job per day to deal with. In Tokelau, I marked assignments. In Samoa, I edited my current book.
Contrast my output for 11 days in Samoa and the 14 days since returning home. It's sickening. In Samoa I edited 20 chapters. In Wellington, back in my office with a list of things to do, I have edited just half of the final chapter - and yet that book is my top priority right now.
When writing lists for any work document, including web content, there are some tried and true rules about numbers.
But why? Traditional replies:
Extra reason: long lists are bad for your brain.
Deduction: to edit efficiently, go to Aggie Grey's Hotel in Apia, Samoa, and stay there until the job is finished. Ahhhhh....