Managing responsibilities is something I can’t do without the help of a handful of tools. Things like Omnifocus, Evernote, Scrivener, and Asana help me organize and manage my writing, work, and family. For some people, a combination of tools like that is sufficient. For me, they always fell just a bit short. Until my friend Patrick introduced me to Andy Frisella’s idea of a “power list.” It’s now something I do each morning – it’s a list of 3-5 critical daily tasks to complete that day. If you complete all the tasks, you win. If your list is not complete at the end of the day, you lose. It’s that simple. The best part of all is what happens in the background. After a task has been on your list AND completed for 21 straight days, it becomes a habit and you should begin to just complete it automatically. You can then replace it with a new critical task. Give it a try.