13. Maintain a Master To-Do List
"It's easy to lose sight of the big picture when you're embroiled in all the day-to-day details, so you really need to write everything down if you're trying to fast-track a project. Before I started this one, I typed up a long list of every single task and even subtask I thought it would involve, from shopping for fixtures to picking up materials to installation. Every day before diving in, I'd open the file on my computer and delete tasks that were done. Then I added new ones that came up the day before. Finally, I chose what to do that day based on my available time, materials, and energy. It was gratifying to see the list get shorter and shorter as I neared the finish line."