I am a list maker. The type of person who will add something I just completed to a to-do list just for the satisfaction of crossing it off. Despite this enthusiasm, I still struggled to keep up with all the things I needed to do. Every time I would cross something off, I would end up having to add two or three more. After a lifetime of struggling to be more productive, I finally broke down and got "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. He helped me realize that one of the things holding me back from being as productive as I wanted to be, was that I was writing down amorphous things to take care of rather than actionable tasks. In one chapter, he also goes thru a long "trigger" list of categories in life to help you remember all the things you need to do. Three hours and a lot of anxiety later, my to-do list went from under 100 things to almost 300. While it was disturbing to realize how many things I had been routinely forgetting about, I was one step closer to finally getting things done. I highly recommend this book.
Based on the premise that productivity is directly proportional to one's ability to handle tasks in a relaxed manner, the author offers strategies for self-management that minimize stress and enhance one's focus and efficiency.