Any parent knows that there are an endless amount of things to get done every minute of every day. And by "get done," I mean get done right now!

One of the keys to getting stuff done and staying focused in your home life, personal life, and work life is to create an achievable to-do list. In theory, it’s easy to do. The difficulty is in the follow-through of getting those tasks on your to-do list completed.

Here are a few tips:

1. Discipline Yourself

When it comes to getting things done, you need to have the drive and desire to do the work. This is no place for procrastinators. You must discover the mindset to attack your to-do list when you have the time, and stay focused to get the tasks done.

2. Prioritize

Make sure that you prioritize the chores and tasks on your to-do list to make it more likely that you’ll be able to get them done. Start with the easiest items first. That way, once you finish them, you’ll have a feeling of confidence and be more encouraged to move on to the more challenging tasks.

3. Integrate Your Schedule

If you’re a morning person, you might be more successful waking early and trying to get tasks done right away. If you’re more of a night owl, you might consider putting aside some of your items that can be accomplished at night for the evening hours.

4. Be Honest About What You Can Accomplish

Be realistic about your list. There’s nothing worse than creating a to-do list and getting buried under tasks that you aren’t able to finish.

5. Set Aside Appropriate Time to Do the Chores

Think through how long the tasks will take and allocate enough time to get them done. You may have to split things up over several days, or even weeks, to get everything accomplished.

6. Make Several Lists 

You might want to break up your list into immediate and long-range tasks. Painting the kids’ bedrooms is not a task you’ll be able to do quickly, but if you put it on your long-range list, it won’t seem so daunting. And you can plan to tackle it when you have time over a long weekend.

7. Celebrate Your Work

There are few better feelings than crossing a series of items off of your to-do list and it provides a sense of accomplishment and completion. Until that is, you replace it with another chore.