New Year's Resolution: Take Charge of Your To-Do List!

In this excerpt from their new book, Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection, iVillage organization experts Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch share their top 10 tips for making your to-do list work for you (12 Photos)

Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch on Dec 28, 2010 at 6:21PM

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New Year's Resolution: Take Charge of Your To-Do List!

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Yes, You Need One

Why keep a to-do list, anyway? The real reason lists are so important is that they transfer thoughts and tasks that would otherwise take up precious brain space and park them in a safe place. Think of your brain as a purse or briefcase. It has a finite amount of space. If your purse is packed to the brim, it's difficult to access the important stuff, like your phone, a pen or your wallet, when you really need them. Your brain works the same way. The simple act of transferring a task from your brain to a list frees your brain to focus on getting things done, not remembering what needs to get done.

From the book Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch (Seal Press). Copyright © 2011.
 

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