Hey all --
Was playing with Ecco Pro (great tool!!) and something obvious hit me. I had a lot of 'stale' tasks in my to-do lists and they were causing me stress everytime I looked at them. What I did was to create a "Effort" field and attempt to quantify how much effort each task takes, from Low, Medium, or High.
The key insight for me was the realization that all the "High effort" tasks should become their own projects! (Maybe even the "Medium" effort ones, too.) Ideally, everything on your list should be broken down into the "low" category so that looking at this list doesn't stress you out, and that everything seems manageable.
I know that an item shouldn't go on your to-do list as a single item if it consists of more than one task -- but for some things, the fact that they SHOULD be broken down into more than one task is not obvious. Identifying these stress-causers by analyzing how much effort is required was the key for me.
Apologies if this is an old concept, but it struck me as a rather useful attempt to de-stress your to-do lists