(SD-SP)  These days it’s easy for anyone to feel scattered as they try to live a balanced life. As days blur together – and personal, family, and work life collide – “brain fog” can set in and before you know it, you forgot something important that needed to be done. Fortunately, there is an easy remedy that can work well for both professional and personal tasks: a “to-do” list.

While it may seem obvious, creating a to-do list can have many benefits. According to an article in The Guardian, people tend to perform better when they write down what they need to accomplish. Further, according to an expert quoted in the article, they can help people de-stress by creating organization when life feels overwhelming or chaotic. People can be motivated to finish mundane tasks because the satisfaction of crossing it off from the list can be very rewarding.

Advances in technology have made organization and list making easier than ever before. For those that want to have their reminders on their phones wherever they go, synced up with calendars and emails, and easily shareable with others, there are several apps to choose from. PC Mag has a round-up of some of the best ones, along with detailed reviews. The downside with this, though, is that you may see another app notification that pulls your attention and focus away.

Those that prefer to stick with a more analog approach might be interested in a method called “bullet journaling.” Bullet journaling is defined as “equal parts day planner, diary, and written meditation,” according to Good Housekeeping, with a system that helps eliminate distractions.

Of course, there’s always the simplest approach that may work best for some – a pen and a piece of paper. The trick, of course, is to remember where you keep the list – and to take it with you (along with a pen!) so as things pop up in your head, you have a place to capture them.

But did you ever forget what you wanted to add to the to-do list before you find your pen? We’ve all had those moments. Here’s where the plant-based nutrients called cocoa flavanols may help.

For example, a new study recently published in Nature Scientific Reports found that a higher habitual intake of flavanols was linked to improved memory. Specifically, participants in this study who had low diet quality. This is just one of several studies supporting the benefits of a daily intake of cocoa flavanols that can be found in CocoaVia™. (Despite what you may have read in the past, eating chocolate won’t help. A serving of ordinary chocolate – even dark chocolate – contains just a fraction of the same amount of cocoa flavanols that have shown the benefits in research.)

Improving your memory daily with cocoa flavanols, coupled with having an organized, consistent to-do list, will set you on your way to be more productive than ever before. And, one easy way to cross off a task right off the bat is automatically subscribing to CocoaVia™ supplements so you’ll never forget to refill and save some money too!