To align your to-do list with your larger goals, try the APP (Awareness, Prioritization, Progress) system.
Here’s how, according to Fast Company:
Awareness. Identify the goals you’re progressing toward. If a task isn’t propelling you to the finish line, consider throwing it overboard. Limiting goals allows you to determine the task with the most impact.
Prioritization. Select your tasks by asking, “What’s the one thing I can do and by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” advises author Gary Keller.
Progress. At the end of the day, analyze to what extent you advanced your ultimate goals. This allows you to plan future days more effectively.