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Just "To-Do" It

Having trouble getting organized? Start by getting a grip on your to-do list.

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This story appears in the August 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Every Sunday, John Madden creates a to-do list for the upcoming week. The co-founder of Contemporary Audio in Okemos, Michigan, jots down a dozen or so items-everything from attending a networking event to creating outlines for projects, such as a new brochure for the 11-employee audio and home entertainment products retailer.

"Every morning," Madden adds, "I write down a half-dozen things based on my weekly plans." These include to-dos on weekly projects and to-dos he didn't get to the day before. "I feel good if I can get 50 percent of my list done," he says.

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