When did a to-do list become a bad thing? According to the blog, PM Majik, a to-do list can become a problem when the focus is all about ticking things off the list. It is more important to make sure the things on the list are done properly before crossing them out. Your to-do list will become longer later if projects are sloppily done for the sake of time.
Please don’t begin to shred your lists. Just make sure to keep the final outcome in mind at all times. Be aware of your desire for closure, but make sure that closure only comes after investigating your goal’s completion. Always test your goals. While the project manager may not know all the details of the project, enough should be known to ask strong questions, review the work, and be confident that the goal is completed correctly. Don’t be a tick box project manager. Only cross things off when you know they won’t be haunting you later.