My friend Daniel pointed out his wife was getting discourage trying to keep a TO DO list for the day and not getting things checked off it, because of being so busy with the kids and other responsibilities. So instead they switched to keeping an “Achievements List”. Now she starts each day with a blank page in a notebook on the counter, and writes the date and each accomplishment through the day. Like Folded Laundry, Cleaned Living Room, Went on a Walk. That way at the end of the day instead of being disappointed about the things not done, she’s encouraged by the number of things she did get accomplished.
If you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
– Albert Einstein
Update 6/28/2012: I was informed that while attributed mostly to Einstein, it was first known to be used by mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace.