What I’m about to say is sacrilege. It goes against every bit of advice today’s productivity experts lend. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and am just going to put it out there… Don’t write down every possible to-do or task you have to do. I know, “if you don’t write it down then it is taking space in your head.”
The way I see it is that if you write everything down your endless lists become useless. You have so much to do and so many possibilities. To improve your quality of life I suggest you write down the to-dos that are important and just let the other stuff go. Each time you think of something that could be done I want you to run it through the “Is this important” filter.
Deciding what’s important isn’t as easy as it sounds, but it’s not that hard either. It just takes a bit of thought.