Getting Rid of Your Mental Lint
If distracting, relentless thoughts drift around your brain, these experts have nine ways to make a clean sweep—without losing the important stuff.
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Trash Your To-Do List
"Our biggest problem is the to-do list," says Laura Stack, author of Find More Time
. A single, giant to-do list paralyzes people. Instead, make yourself a separate, shorter daily list, known as the hit list. "I ask myself every night, 'If I get nothing else accomplished tomorrow, what are the two or three things that I would absolutely have to complete to make me feel as if it were a productive day?'" says Stack. That's what goes on your hit list. The rest of the long-term to-dos—i.e., get a second mortgage or change the wallpaper—can go on a master list that you keep in a drawer and consult every few months.