We all do it… You get to the start of the next week and build your next to do list and you realise that you’ve already got ‘today’, ‘urgent’, ‘to-do’, ‘tasks to be complete’ and you go to add to them and end up just starting a new one…
It’s overwhelming when you see 100+ to do lists floating around. You fill your day up with meetings and having to do your calls and emails (which you should be grouping together) and then after 10 hours of doing all of these daily tasks, you need to actually do what you promised for the day, before you can sit down and finish.
Throughout that day things pop into your head and you put them down into some sort of note keeper (that much loved notebook, Evernote, google drive..) and every day it builds and nothing ever gets completed; you become anxious consistently because you feel like you’re not achieving as you aren’t conquering your mighty list you wanted completed by last week.
Try this; next time an idea or even just managing your day to day live, rather than overwhelming yourself with endless to do lists, use your calendar. Structure your days and ensure that you can balance your tasks with your meetings, emails and phone calls by planning your to do lists in your calendar.
If the to-do job is still two weeks away; add it in two weeks away, it’s not important now but ensure that it is in your calendar so you know when to do it but it doesn’t get in the way of the work that you should be doing today!