This morning, Forge dropped How Google Drive Can Make Every Corner of Your Life Easier, a new project all about the many (many, many) ways to use it as the ultimate self-improvement tool. Over the next few days, we’ll be using this space to highlight a few of our favorite Drive tips.

Illustration: Simo Liu

Today’s tip is a tool to help you reclaim your time and focus your energy: the task triage spreadsheet.

How it works:
Write down your three or four biggest goals or ongoing projects (like “write a book” or “run a marathon” or “build backyard kiln”). Dump all your current tasks into a spreadsheet, no matter how large or small or half-baked, and create a column noting which goal each one relates to. Then add two more columns:

  • Urgency: On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being most time-sensitive, how time-sensitive is this?
  • Importance: On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 as the most related, how related is this to my top goals?

Sort by importance, then urgency, and skim through your list: Do you really need to do any of those 4s and 5s? What else can you step out of?

Why do it?
Keep culling your sheet until you’re left with a list that’s feasible in the time you have available. Now you have a roadmap for exactly where you should focus your energy in the near future.

Not into it? Don’t worry — there are dozens more where this came from. Check out our Guide to Google Drive all day, all week, all month for brilliant ways to get more organized. Some of our favorites:

  • A way to connect to your spiritual side through Google Docs (yes, really)
  • The last finance spreadsheet you’ll ever need
  • A friendship ranking system that actually makes you a better person

Explore our Guide to Google Drive now, and check tomorrow’s Daily Tip for more ideas!