How will I get credit?

I am a big writer of to-do lists. I have done that for many years. I will often put items that I have already  done on the list so I can cross them off. I have tried to do my to-do list electronically, mostly by using Keep.  I always return to pencil and paper.

Many years ago, when I was in Target  doing last  minute shopping in preparation for my older son’s bar mitzvah, I had my to- do list in hand. My younger was with me and as we were finishing, I realized I had lost the list. I informed Alan of that and he said, “What difference does it make?  We’re done.” I turned him and said, somewhat seriously, “But how will I get credit if I don’t have the list.”

I was thinking about that story the other day when I was making my daily to-do list. I use the lists partially to stay organized and remember everything I have todo. I also use them to give my self a sense of accomplishment which in turn continues to motivate me  to do all the tasks.

For me, it is important to have some way to check in with myself so I stay on track. Do you use to-do lists? It would be great to hear from people about their strategies to stay organized and get work done.