Because there's always stuff to do and deadlines don't accept excuses.
Creating lists is the best way to ensure things get done. Always keep an ongoing list of what you need to accomplish so when you have time to squeeze something in, you can look at that list and do it. If your list is too long and daunting, circle the three top priorities for the day and make sure those three things get done. If your list is electronic, try sorting items in order of priority and cross them off as you go. In the paper vs. electronic list debate, which do you prefer? Here are some benefits of each:
Advantages of a paper list:
Advantages of an electronic list:
Which do you prefer? Both sides have their benefits. I like to work from a paper list for daily to-do's. It's easy to jot thoughts down anytime and having that paper list in hand and visible helps to ensure it gets done. That being said, I also like to keep many other lists in an electronic format. There is an abundance of list programs and apps to choose from, so make another list--haha- of the features you like. Do you need to attach particular documents, sync it over many devices, share it with others? I happen to use Things. It's easy to use and syncs over all devices. I am a multi-list maker and have dozens of lists including: projects, blog posts, research topics, books to read, groceries, marketing ideas, etc… How you choose to create your 'to do' list is up to you, the secret to their success is using them frequently and having your lists in a format that works for you!
Monica Friel is president and founder of Chaos To Order - the Chicago area's premiere organizing company since 1990. Friel manages and trains a staff of professional organizers who specialize in everything from household clutter to corporate chaos.