You make your to-do list in the morning
Write your to-do list the night before. This way, you don’t waste energized morning mojo organizing tasks for the day. Writing a to-do list before bed can also calm your mind before you sleep (psychologists and psychiatrists often recommend this to prevent anxiety). Establishing a plan for the next 24 hours keeps unwanted thoughts—“Don’t forget to finish that report tomorrow!” “You have a parent meeting at 3 p.m.!”—from disturbing your sleep.
You write down too much
According to a LinkedIn survey of 6,500 professionals, only 11 percent say they accomplish all of the tasks on their to-do list by the end of an average workday. That’s likely because they’re dumping everything they can think of onto it. Instead, only write down the three most important tasks. These are the things that must be completed on any given day (finish work presentation, call your aunt for her birthday). When you see too many options at once, you may become overwhelmed and want to give up before you even start.