Sort your to-do list by the time it takes to complete each job
Illustrations © Craighton Berman
A written to-do list is the best way to give your beleaguered memory a break. Give each to-do list item a time-based label (“5 minutes,” “15 minutes,” or whatever intervals work for you). Electronic to-do apps let you categorize tasks, but if you prefer a paper to-do list, just pencil a time label next to each task. When you find yourself with a snatch of time, scan your list quickly to see which tasks you can reasonably complete. Here’s why you never finish your to-do list.