I don’t know where I’d be without my lists. I make a list every week to keep track of what I need to do, and what I’ve accomplished. And when life gets particularly busy, I break down my weekly list and create a new list each day.
Keeping a list reduces my stress level. I no longer have a dozen things swirling around in my head popping up at odd moments vying for my attention. When my to-do’s are written down the looming cloud is manageable. I can compare each item to all the other things I have to do: Is it urgent? Is it important? Can someone else do it?
Just as important is knowing what I’ve done. Before I started keeping lists I’d reach the end of the week knowing I’d been busy, but without much idea of what I’d accomplished. Now I know I haven’t been wasting my time. Or that I have, and need to mend my evil ways. 🙂
There are many software programs out there that can help with organizing your time and keep track of recurring obligations, but I haven’t yet put it on my list to try one of them. For now, the old analog stand-by, paper and pen, works for me.