My to do list is laid out like my daughters' chore list - since let's face it that is what a to do list is! I include little things that can get overlooked when I get stressed - like Feed cat, Feed fish, etc. I feel like i got more accomplished when I can cross off more things. Somedays I need it.
I also break down the chores. Instead of laundry I list it as laundry-whites, laundry-darkes, etc. My oldest has ADD and this helps her immensly because now the task is small and not so overwhelming!