I have used the writing lists technique and it definitely works for me. It feels like I actually got something accomplished when I can cross it off of a list. It also keeps me focused. I am VERY forgetful and easily distracted because I have a million "goals" swimming around in my head at any given moment. My problem is that if I don't do it first thing, I get distracted and forget to write a list. I need to get in the habit of starting a new list every night with "WRITE TODAY'S LIST" on the top so I don't forget.