I have tried making lists on my iPad, which can work for me in a pinch, but I truly like the act of writing things down and marking them as "done" as I finish tasks.
- I make a list of ALL the things I need (or want) to get done. Period.
- From that list, I choose three things I want to do in the evening - after I get home from work but before I go to bed. That list usually includes two easy, fast, more enjoyable tasks (such as printing the week's grocery coupons from the Internet (yes, I have to even add this to my list!) and wrapping a present for a birthday party) and one task I feel is more daunting (such as hemming a new pair of pants).
- I mark off each chore as I get it done, and re-write my list the next day.
- Weekends are catch-up times. If there are things on the list I haven't accomplished throughout the week, I use the weekend to finish my list.
I feel so good knowing I accomplished some things and shortened my list. But I'm not overwhelmed by the list of 10 things I want to get done. Three to-dos are much, much more manageable!
How do you organize your to-do list with a hectic schedule?