The reason why most people don't achieve much in life is because they pursue some vague goals. Most people for example want to be successful. Success is like some unknown destination. You can't get there unless you have a map. Create a list of everything which must be done to bring you closer to achieving your goal. You could have two lists. The first would be a list of what you intend to do or achieve by a certain date. It could be a little way into the future. The second list which will be revised each time dawn breaks would help you be more productive — a list of things you'll do daily. Something that will ensure nothing is neglected and that everything you do is geared towards getting you to attain your long-term goals. While yes it is possible to do much without lists, having a visual reminder of what you want can motivate you to work harder, longer. And as they say, working hard eventually pays off.