There are probably many folks who don't rely on lists or they can keep it all in their heads. I'm speculating on this because I can't imagine me accomplishing anything using either strategy, or without my head flying off into outer space.
James' school recently put on their annual talent show. Super! The kids get a chance to strut their stuff. Well, perhaps it would have been super if the vocal music teacher hadn't used valuable rehearsal time to make tu-tus and tie dye t-shirts instead of asking for volunteers to help after school. Not sure if she keeps a to do list. If she does, I can't help but wonder how she prioritizes tasks.
My summer "break" is in session. It was tempting to once again try cruise control, not worry about a summer to do list, but I remember trying that a few years ago. To me, it was far more frustrating to look back over two months + and not have a clue about how I'd spent my time, than to have a list only partially fulfilled.
What works for me is to keep my personal vision and mission statements handy to help me stay focused. Call me crazy, but I actually typed up the most important things in my life, framed it and put it in my bathroom. Yep, every time I get in or out of the shower, or flush the toilet, there they are! When I think about what I want to accomplish in a day, or a week or longer, it's easier to keep my priorities in mind.
What works for me is to stop and ask myself often if I'm making tu-tus and tie dying shirts when I should be practicing for the show. That also means asking for help once in a while.
Do you find yourself focusing on the inconsequential and letting your priorities slip by? How do you stay productive and peaceful?