I make lists left and right. It's really hard for me to concentrate without having some sort of direction and my lists provide just that. I don't have just one system and it definitely changes from time to time. My lists in high school were completely different than the ones from college... and even know, they're still evolving. I've been working on it for the past month-ish, trying to really nail down a good system for this particular time in my life.
I broke it down into three different types of lists... but to truly benefit from a to-list, you have to figure out what works for you! If you're complete lost, try doing what I do and then seeing what you don't like, or like, or could do without, or absolutely need. From there, you'll be able to hone in on your own perfect to-do list. It's definitely more of an art than a science!
Sticky notes are amazing for reminders. I keep mine on my desk so that I can jot down quick notes of what I need to do. They're perfect for moving around. Stick on your laptop screen, the table top, or even the inside of your notebook. (They also give you extra space on agendas!! Lift the "flap" and add more information.)
My notebook is like my right-hand man in the office. I start my morning off with personal goals and the list of things I need to get done. I take notes on the left and write the lists on the right. I group my lists based on what I have to do. As I go through the day, I cross things off and feel much better about my accomplishments! If your to-do list is obnoxiously long, star the things that absolutely must get done. Or number the tasks based on your priority levels. I love my monogrammed Maybooks!
None of my lists ever look perfect. Sadly. It's the one thing that bothers me... but the legal pad is a place where perfection is simply not allowed. I go crazy on these big pads of paper. I write notes, doodle endlessly, make gigantic brainstorms, rip and fold the edges, and doodle some more. It's a place where you can throw everything that's floating around in your head down. Just get it all out there. And then you can sort through and organize when you're done! I keep the legal pad on my desk at home. It prevents me from completely defacing every page of my pretty Maybooks!
What are your to-do list musts? What kinds of paper do you use? Any tips?