Mostly we believe that we are gifted with good memory. At least, no one else admits he is dull. Therefore, we strongly hold the faith that we can remember almost everything and do not need to list things we are supposed to do. The fact is memory declines as aging. As a matter of fact, we just cannot clearly recall what exactly we have done before (particular something happened in a very long time ago), only the vague outline of the experience that we can mainly recount.
It is very easily to be distracted by many things from work and life. After going back home, it is normal to find there is still no clue about what exactly has been done in daytime. If there is no particular plan, it would be easy to squander away time without a sense of awareness. Every day there are so many things to deal with. How to balance between those trifles and assignments is a problem confused me very much. Now I definitely understand the importance of writing down what I should do. Because it makes me efficient to do things so long as I follow the list one step at a time. A specific and ordered schedule undoubtedly saves quite a bit time and improves efficiency.
Much of the time is wasted on the meaningless scheming. The best way is to set up the goal and then have them listed on the plan. Since most of us are average in wisdom, the record of daily check effectively favors self-management.
A goal does not mean to be ambitious. Thinking too much is not workable if there is no pragmatic action. Patiently spend some time to make that list and do it according to the plan. Self-discipline and high strong will are surely required. That is the best time to test if it is qualified to change the routine as small accumulation of steps always becomes enormous giant. Before that, do not dwarf the plan by making no list.