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5 steps to tame your daily to-do list

Working on toughest tasks first can boost productivity, reduce stress

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Is your to-do list out of control? It is if you're working at full capacity and can never complete everything on it. Taming your to-do-list can be easier than you realize provided that you know what to do, and it's also one of the most important steps you can take to avoid stress-related illnesses, including heart disease and cancer. Here are five easy-to-implement tips that can help you rein in your unruly to-do list. 1. Confront the beast When you confront your beastly to-do list, you must be willing to face the truth about what is really going on in your business and personal life. The following exercise will take some effort, but the results are worth it. Here's what to do: For the next three days (a week would be even better), keep track of each activity in which you engage. This includes how many times you send text messages, how much time you spend on social media, how much time is devoted to phone communication, as well as how much time you spend in the various part...