I work. A Lot.
Most of my job consists of running quantitative analysis on a variety of financials for a few different companies (I work for a holding company), and as I recently joined the company (3 months), I am still learning the ins and outs. Most of my current tasks revolve around trying to make the company more productive using methods like creating programs to automatically export and reformat documents to user specifications, and finding inefficiencies in the way that data is collected.
My boss knows how to manage people and has experience in the business, but focuses on me as I'm the only analyst in the company (they were using contractors before). One of the ways she likes to keep track of what I'm working on is a to-do list, which is great, but the way she utilizes it is hurting my actual production. Today alone, we've had 3 meetings to go over what's on the to-do list, what to add to it, what I'm working on and so forth. It's taken 3 hours of my day (hourly employee), and she's assigned quite a few things to be done before the week is out. I find that this time could be better spent on the actual projects rather than being pedantic over things on this list. I know also that she's incredibly busy and doesn't really have the time to be taking on these to-do lists.
I want to underscore, to-do lists can be incredibly helpful, but it's come to the point where we're over-complicating this item at the cost of time and therefore the company's money. As the business analyst, it's my job to stop exactly these sorts of practices, but we get to the rub of she's my direct boss. She does not like (from experience) being contradicted, and data has no effect on the matter.
I am from the west coast of the US in a medium sized company in a mid-level non management position. Please note that my time management is fine (and more importantly my boss doesn't have any issue with it), the bigger issue is the trying to save efficiency when the inefficiency is caused by someone with direct control over my job status.
How can I let my boss know that the meetings about my to-do list (and other similar management practices) aren't actually helpful to us?