I have tried a system of sending myself timed emails daily (using virtual meetings in Google Calendar), each containing a self-message; e.g. at 6am 'stay positive', at 8.30am 'break work down into ...
I have found that my todo lists work great for three cases: Simple things that have a very specific due date (e.g. call Chris at 3pm, pay credit card bill by January 15, etc.) Things I would like to ...