I’ve never been much of a list-maker. I’ve been through all the time-management training classes that emphasize the importance of that focus, but I’ve always felt the process of putting together "to do" lists just kept me from doing what actually needed to be done. However, shortlists—or lists that focus on a particular project—can be extraordinarily useful in helping organize and/or prioritize. These I tend to do on scraps of paper that might be unintelligible to anyone else, and their "shelf life" tends to be rather short. Yet, no matter how agile one’s brain is, there is value in that simple physical organization.