Do you have so much to do that you do not know where to begin? You will not be efficient if you are mentally distracted. A to-do list may seem time consuming, but trust me, in the long run you will save time. You will experience less stress knowing everything you have to do is on your list.
On Friday or Saturday, I usually take about 15 minutes and make a to-do list for the week ahead. My to-do lists are written on plain old recycled paper, nothing fancy. There are many tools out there you can use to write your lists. Some tools you can look into are Microsoft One Note, ipad notes, electronic calendars or if you want to have fun with your list go to www.knockknockstuff.com.
Here is how I go about writing my to-do lists:
First, I take out my calendar and start with the important appointments for the week and write them on the days on the to-do list. Then, I work in any errand that I need to run, i.e., bank, mail bills, phone calls, food shopping, etc., Next, I schedule in physical activity. I will also write down any housework, laundry, that needs to get done.
All the above is prioritzed into each day. Try to schedule your errands on days where you know you will be in the area of the errand instead of running all over town everyday and wasting time and gas. This is why it is good to write everything down so you have an idea of where you are going to be each day.
Try to stay on track with your to-do list. If you can't get to an item that day, no worries, just carry it over to the next day. The important thing is it's still on your list and it has not been forgotten.
Cross items off your to-do list as you finish them. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and this will keep you motivated.
Do what works for you. If you want to write a to-do list the night before instead of writing one out for the entire week, go for it!
I am challenging everybody who reads this to write a to-do list for the rest of the week. Let me know how it works for you!