Writing helps to clarify your thoughts, and I should do more of it. I used to do it a lot, when I had more time on my own. Work, marriage and parenthood get in the way, but there isn't really an excuse - it's always possible to make time for something if you value it enough. You just have to stop spending time doing something else. The most difficult part is starting. Getting a first draft is an enormous step.
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I'm a sucker for articles on sites like Lifehacker about online productivity tools. I've tried loads of apps and online to-do lists, but I still think nothing beats writing a list on a piece of paper, and putting that piece of paper somewhere obvious, like just above your computer monitor.