after reading the suggestion on a LinkedIn article, I've dispensed with
todo-list and started putting work that needs to be done directly into my
This takes some effort. You
have to be clear up front on what tasks are actually required to get something
done; and when you are actually going to do them. This can be a bit
uncomfortable when you'd rather bury your head in the sand of hoping that
somehow future you will sort this out - but it pays dividend in long term time
This way, if you've
over-committed yourself you acknowledge this up front, when there is still time
to negotiate requirements or shift expectations; and gone is the constant fear
that what you are working on in this instant isn't what you should be! If your
calender says this is the time to be writing document A then get your head down
and do it!
It also gives you the freedom
to be tough with yourself and schedule in lunch, breaks and the days you need
to clock-off early with less guilt.
Items still crop up
unexpectedly, tasks are longer or shorter than expected or energy levels aren't
aligned with the workload you've set yourself - but this is something that I
hope will improve with experience.