Have a love-hate relationship with to-do lists? Writing them can make you feel organized, but sometimes they don't affect productivity. The key is understanding that treating every item with the same urgency doesn't help progress.

Rather than putting everything on one to-do list, arrange all your must-do essentials. Which are high-impact tasks? Which bite-sized ones will move you toward the completion of big-picture goals? See which items consistently get overlooked. The problem might be the way they're worded or that they're too broadly defined. Or perhaps these tasks belong on an employee's to-do list and not yours. Sort action by urgency, and you'll get better results.