List-makers know: The act of compiling to-do’s can help organize your mind. Two ways to use a task list:
1. As stress reliever: Kaye Lozier of Des Moines writes down everything that’s weighing on her. “Then I assign one or two tasks to be done each night so I know I’ll be caught up by the end of the week,” she says.
2. As calendar: Angela Wilder of Los Angeles uses 3-by-5 index cards to track to-do’s. One card, one color per weekday. On the front she lists things she needs to do for herself; on the back, things to do for others. “It’s just the right amount of space to hold a day’s worth of duties.”
—Adapted from “Write it down,” Sally Schultheiss, Real Simple, www.realsimple.com.