Make a to-do list every day of everything you need to do (e.g. shopping, cooking, cleaning etc.). Try to be as detailed as possible to prevent cheating. Your day is not done until everything on your list is complete (if it's not done, then there has to be a really good reason and not "I'm too tired"). It's a great way to push through lethargy and organise your day (and feel proud of yourself for making it through the list). Don't forget to put your workout on your list.
I find this a great mood booster and a great way to keep going. I am terrible for putting off tomorrow what i can do today, but if it's on the list it has to be done. I also feel pretty good about myself for finishing something that I started and give myself little rewards to keep it interesting
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Todo lists tend to grow, and grow, and grow, until you finally get disgusted and throw it out and start fresh, and so the cycle repeats. Instead, write down the stuff that you didn't do at the end of the day, and still want to do on a separate page. Now throw the todo list out. Wait a while, or until the next morning. Create a new Todo list, put the things on your mind in today's new list, check yesterdays list to see if any of those items are still worth doing; throw out yesteday's list.
Many people make a "ToDo" list by job time - how long it takes a given task 2 B done, from longest time or shortest time.Some people list things N order as they think of them. I prioritize by what needs 2 B done. A items absolutely have to get done NOW. B items are things that can be done later.
'C' items would be nice to get done - sometime. When A's are done I re-prioritize. Some C items have dropped off. Some new A's may be added. B's have moved to A's or dropped to C's. Always be working on the important tasks in your life and you will be happier. Nit-picky 'C's aren't worth the worry.
I always make a list when doing my "big shop," but since I tend to shop at the same store, I created a permanent list in Excel. The list follows the layout of the store. I can then print the list and fill in how many of an item I need, or simply put a check mark. Then I cross items off as I shop.
I can go through the list before shopping to use as a "tickler" to see if any items on the list are needed. My guys are not much help in letting me know when we're out of certain staples, so the list helps to remind me to ask them or check the cupboard/fridge.
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