Clients often ask me how to be more productive, to keep better tabs on their time and remain focused on the many things that need to get done. In today's digital world, there are many apps and digital solutions that can satisfy your needs. But what many of my clients and I have learned is that the handwritten 'to - do' list still proves an easy way to manage daily tasks. For me personally, there is also a meditative quality to sitting down and designing my day.
Kept on a steno pad or some other bound pad, the list is easily portable and managed. Additionally, when the day is done, you see what you've accomplished and this is an easy reminder of how productive you've been. When you don't complete a task for the day, carry it over to the next day. Finally, don't destroy these lists, I keep mine for future reference. They provide an accessible log or record of daily events and combined with my planner help keep me organized and on top of tasks.
Scott Howard is a professional executive coach and leadership coach focusing on human empowerment and maximizing potential.