1. Trim the fat. Instead of making a lengthy to-do list, use the kiss principal. Keep it simple. Focus on the most important 3-5 things. You don’t need pages and pages of things to do. Jot down a few and focus on the most important. It seems the best time to focus is in the morning because if you wait until the afternoon you may feel rushed and get stressed. Get the most important things done first!
2. Measure your results, not your time. It seems that if you have something to do take small bites and make it look good. Be thorough and focused. Research seems to indicate that if you make a list of the work that has been done you can review it and get the feeling of accomplishment. At the end of the day you can review what you’ve completed with a sense of satisfaction and will help with future planning.