This year I have committed to create a more structured and organized approach to my mornings and evenings. I function well only when I have a list, but my lists are always growing – especially as new projects are added.

I get overwhelmed by seeing all the items and I am not able to complete the most important tasks first, especially if I have a lot of easy tasks on the list.

At the end of 2020, I purchased a planner that is broken up into 13 week segments to help the user reach specific goals. It gives options to plan for the week and also for each day.

On the daily page there is a place to document that day’s to-do list, both business and personal. You then have to narrow down your vision for the day to determine your main goal for the day and three top priorities. It forces me to think about what can wait until tomorrow and what has to be completed today.

In the mornings, after I journal, I fill out my ideal attack plan for the day. It might often be derailed, but if it is, I can look back at the top three priorities and focus on those tasks first.

I also keep a separate to-do list in an app called Ever Note, which helps me create lists that I can open on my phone or computer. I also can share it with my husband or others if I am working on a project.

The separation of the to-do list has an option to have a daily, weekly, next month, and a “someday” option. I place things on this list as they come in instead of on my planner. That keeps me on track, because in the morning I am purposeful and clear on my intentions for the day – and although there might be new things that come up that seem more important, they also will derail me from my original purpose.

The most effective solution I found was to break up my tasks into a daily allotment of under 15 minutes. For example, each evening I spend 8 minutes organizing my things, and 5 minutes filing away my receipts for the day. I spend 5 minutes emptying out my e-mail inbox. I work out for 15 minutes; I read for 10 minutes.

I break each task that seems impossible into small segments. By breaking larger tasks into small blocks of time, I have stayed consistent in getting them done daily. It has afforded me the ability to move past larger hurdles and to not have to dread getting them done.

Start today by being purposeful in organizing your day and finding solutions to problems that are constantly vexing you. It might take a few weeks to feel comfortable in the new routine.

Give yourself freedom to change the routine if it is not working, or to find solutions to what is not working, but take one step forward today.

Holly Wright of Bluffton is a Reiki Master, reflexologist, NASM certified personal fitness trainer, and co-owner of Trinity TheraSpa in Moss Creek Village.