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How to Conquer That Monster To-Do List

Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed when looking at your to-do list? I overheard a co-worker saying she forgot what one item stood for on her list; sometimes these lists end up flustering more than helping.

To make sure this doesn't happen to you, try not to use abbreviations that represent other common words. For example, using DL as a reminder to do laundry might be confusing because it can mean driver's license or download. Don't hold off for a long time before reviewing your tasks or it might pile up. Since I have a lot to do, I like to review mine twice a day and if I can, cross off at least one item a day. Remember, it's important not to overload yourself and to set manageable goals. Sometimes it's better to eliminate tasks that have been lingering around too long and start afresh

Finally, find a system that works for you. If you're a techie, stick with one of my favorite web tools like Remember the Milk, and if you're a paper person, make post-it notes your best friend. I like to use the tasks feature on Gmail as my default to-do list because I'm constantly checking my email. An interesting technique my friend uses is to have collaborative to-do lists (you can do that with Google documents) with her partner so both can remind each other about his or her tasks. You can also share it with a roommate if you have similar house-related chores to do.

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