Our work environments get crazier and more hectic all the time. Guess what: it probably isn\u2019t going to change anytime soon.\nTechnology innovation has been super in giving us tools to do so much more in our working lives and to access these systems from virtually anywhere and at any time.\nThe downside with all this \u201cgreatness\u201d comes the fact that in today\u2019s world it is hard to get away from the work, especially in IT. User needs and their dependencies upon technology have expanded and will continue to do so. This brings with it an ever increasing list of To Do\u2019s that present major challenges for IT managers every day.\nWe need something to help us focus on what\u2019s important and to eliminate as much of the \u201cnoise\u201d as possible.\nWhat I use is a simple Weekly To Do List. I\u2019ve been using \u201cmy system\u201d for 30 years since my early IBM days. It\u2019s a very simple system that helps keep you focused in order to get more accomplished plus help ensure you focus on the right things, or you can call them the most important things.\nHere is how it works\u00a0\nEvery weekend I create a list of the key things I need to accomplish the following week. Then I rank them in order of highest priority to lowest priority. If something comes up with a high priority during the week it gets added to the list in the appropriate position I think is warranted.\nDuring the week, I force myself to focus on the top priority things on this Weekly To Do List. It\u2019s always there to help me stay on track. If something does not get completed during the week it goes on next week\u2019s list if it is still important.\nUsing this process does two important things for me:\n\nProvides focus and keeps me on track during the week. I\u2019m convinced this helps me get more done every week.\nGives me a sense of accomplishment as I check things off the list.\n\nWhat you will find is that this focus does reduce a lot of the \u201cnoise\u201d and helps you focus, and when you focus you get more accomplished. You will also discover that when you have clarity of what to focus on it reduces stress.\nLet\u2019s face it, juggling all the issues and needs that find their way to your desk can be overwhelming at times. I\u2019ve even seen managers \u201clock up\u201d because they can\u2019t determine what to work on when they have a heavy list of To Do\u2019s. A system like this helps you cut through the chaos and focus.\nMy system started with pen and paper when I started my career with IBM, and I migrated to Excel spreadsheets later. Now, I use a workflow system for IT managers called Priority Matrix that automates many of the things I had to do manually.\nUse a system that helps you focus on the important priorities that need your attention and you will achieve more success.