10 Ways to Permanently Streamline Your Workday

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Heavily Prune Your To-do List

A to-do list with 20 or 30 items is not only daunting, it's depressing. So you don't start. And definitely don’t finish.
Try this instead. Create a wish list -- include all the ideas, projects, and tasks you can think of. Make it your "would like to-do" list. Then pick three or four items that make the most difference. Pick the easiest tasks to accomplish, or the ones with the biggest payoff, or the ones that will eliminate the most pain. Make that your to-do list. And then get it done.