We’re guessing you didn’t get this far without a pretty good system for keeping track of what you need to get done, both short and long-term.
We’re always on the lookout for a good idea about how to stay in control of the list, rather than letting the list run the show. The writer Lee Cash has a suggestion over at the blog Work Awesome about when you should plan your what:
Put aside 15 minutes at the end of each day to write tomorrow’s to do list. Writing a to-do list the day before has many advantages over planning your upcoming day on the morning in question. After all, you have just completed a day’s work and hence should have a good idea of where you are in the grand scale of things. What didn’t you get to today? What tasks will naturally fall into tomorrow’s to do list? Writing tomorrow’s to do list can also be a cathartic exercise; a way of recognizing that everything does not all need to be done in one day.
What works for your to-do list? Paper? Smart phone app? One calendar or several? How do you keep from letting something fall through the cracks? Share your answers in the comments.