If one of your goals this year is to be more organized and accomplish more, try reducing and simplifying your daily "to-do" list.
Reduce the size - switch from using a full sized sheet of paper to a small 3x5 index card.
Simplify - break your day down into - just 2 or 3 parts. For me, it's 2 parts, Before Lunch and After Lunch. Some people use morning (before 10) mid-day (10-2) and afternoon (2-EOD). Put the 2 or 3 most important things you need to get done on the list and nothing else.
Carry the card with you, put it on your computer keyboard, or your telephone, - each time you feel like you need to do something other than what is on your list, tell yourself, "I'll do it when my list is complete" and resist. Complete the list first, then do whatever you want to do.
The end result will be that the important things get done , and the things that are unimportant just evaporate. The majority of your day is most likely spent doing things that don't really matter in an attempt to avoid committing to what needs to get done. Once you commit and see the results, you'll be amazed at how much more productive you can be in so much less time.
Errands - YIKES
Running errands can suck up tons of time, cost you extra money and be the source of lots of frustration. Make regular errands a regular part of each day. Monday - Grocery, Tuesday - Dry Cleaning, Wednesday - Target.....etc.
On Sunday night create your index cards for the week, just put the date on the front, on the back put the errand list. As you think of things you need at the grocery or Target add them to the list. Once you get yourself into a routine you'll become a better planner - saving money and TIME!!!
Wishing you a peaceful and simple 2014,