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Relax, you'll never get it all done

The to do list. Starts at 100 things to do today.

Open beach and calm sea in sunshine
A blank space in nature
  • You filter that list against your "to don't list" and reduce it by a few

  • Filter that list against urgent, important, effort and impact to get it down by a few more.

  • And then you're left with the "final" list for today. You look at the list and you prioritize then get to work.

  • Fast forward 6-8-10-12 hours (or more) later and you look at your list again. You've knocked a few things off it but with inevitable delays, dependencies on other people and a few new tasks added today, you're bushed and still not done.

And this happens every day and too often we beat ourselves up for not "finishing the list"

Remember: There is a bottomless supply of things to do. You can't do them all, but more importantly:

You don't need to do them all.

  • Do as much as you can in a way that keeps you mentally and physically healthy.

  • Reflect on where, how and when you do your best work, and where you find challenges and adjust.

  • Where something is on your list for several successive days, discuss with a coach, mentor or manager and see what changes you need to make.

You don't have to have a blank list at the end of each day. Read that last line again.

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