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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Write It Down

There are as many ways of keeping to-do lists as there are people in the world. And that's as it should be. How you keep your lists isn't important. That you keep a list (or lists) is. No matter the format, what you write down gets done. According to Dave Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, people who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetime as people who don't. Think about that for a moment. No matter how lofty or simple your goals may be, reaching them requires a systematic approach. And that begins by writing your to-do list down; don't just think it, ink it!

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