I use a big spiral bound notebook. When I’m eat breakfast I think about what needs to be done that day. Appointments etc.
After breakfast, I use the notebook to write 1, 2, 3 in the middle at the top. Then I write down all the things I thought of I’d like to do that day.
I look at everything including appointments and decide what is priority #1. I don’t count appointments. They are just part of the day. I pick the hardest thing for 1 or the most time sensitive.
Then I add 2 and 3.
The things I don’t include in my top three? They’re on what I call my to do list, but the are not required. Only the top three are ones I’m going to push to do. And even #3 doesn’t get done sometimes.
I need flexibility.
Sometimes #1 ends up taking almost all day. Sometimes I don’t feel so good in the afternoon (too hot outside). I allow myself to make changes to the page.
I keep checking it throughout the day to see if I have forgotten anything. But it’s not something I’m going to use to beat myself up with. Life is not really something stable. Days aren’t always what we think they will be.