5 Tips For When You Have Too Much to Do

Feeling overwhelmed and that you have too much to do is unpleasant and unproductive.

It comes from a lack of priorities more than a lack of time. It can be hard to know where to begin or what to do when you feel so under pressure. This article from ZenHabits presents 5 tips on how to handle feeling overwhelmed.

My favourite?

2. Realize that you can’t do it all right now. You might have 20 things to do, or 100 … but you can’t do all of them right now. You probably can’t do them all in the next hour even. How many can you actually do right now? One.

This reminder is meant to free us from the idea that we need to do everything right now. We can’t. So instead, this allows us to focus on just one thing. Just pick one task, and focus on that. Because the others, as urgent as they might seem, can’t possibly be done right now. You can delegate them, eliminate them, defer them, but you can’t do them all right now. So focus on one, and give it your full attention. This is the most helpful way to work, in my experience.

Full list here.