The first thing is to do this exercise at the end of the day so when you start your new day, you do not have to think about all the things that you are dealing with. You can immediately kick the day off with a bang.
The graphic below was introduced to me in college. The teacher had a lot of practical experience and had taught some management classes before. He told us to divide your items into three categories: Must do, Need to Do, Nice to do. That is how easy it is.
The graphic below will visually remind you of the categories.
Complete all your Must Do’s first, then go to the Need to Do, and if you have time left, go to the Nice to Do. If you do this, you will accomplish your most important items first and feel great about it.
I do my list on the computer in a list with the Must Do items at the top, then the Need to Do, and last the Nice to Do. You can use Word Outline as your reference.
Good luck and enjoy the simplicity of the new process.