Lists are a big part of any plan for success.
As the saying goes, if you fail to plan then you are planning to fail.
For tasks at hand, things to remember and other knowledge that you want to recall quickly, I put them to a list written out on paper.
For the skeptics of the world, those that “remember everything” and have no need for lists, try this very simple example.
Below are a list of words. Read them all once, twice, even three times. Now, close your eyes and count to 20 then speak the names of your 5 closest friends.
With your eyes still closed, read back as many of the words on the list as you can in 10 seconds.
Now, open your eyes and read off the list as many words as you can in 10 seconds.
I won’t ask how you did because even having written the list myself, I couldn’t get them all in 10 seconds if I wanted to.
From a sales perspective, those words are your customers and actions that need to be addressed today. Outside of work, those are all of the things you need to get done before winter. At play, those are all of the fun thing you have done with friends when next you wonder what to do.