Do you have a lot on your mind?
Get it out!
One of the most effective ways for us to be more productive is to get our thoughts onto to paper! When we keep it in our heads, we forget, we get confused, things get moved around and every thought is competing for space in your head!
To make this strategy work you can simply take a piece of paper and just starting writing all of your to do's and things you are thinking about. Don't worry about the order, this comes later! Right now, it's just clearing the space in your head to be able to think!
You can also use a mind map to help you organize your thoughts. This is a great tool to use for your to do's but also for project strategizing and planning.
Now that you have a list, you can start to prioritize your projects and start to actually make sense of them. Divide your list into categories, it can be as simple as A,B,C. A being of the highest priority to C being the lowest. You could divide them by action or by date, it doesn't matter just as long as it makes sense to you!
Why does this strategy help?
It allows you to visually see what you can do, what's important, and it makes the thoughts real and turns them into action items.
Which in turn help us be more productive!