“There never seems to be enough time in the day to get it all done.” Do you ever find yourself saying that? Maybe its because your mind is a cluttered and tangled mess of to do lists, priorities, worries, wishes, regrets, plans, ideas, etc. My solution to this dilemma is to get in front of a computer screen and dump all that mess into a list or a series of lists that I have created in Google Docs, Google Tasks, and Microsoft OneNote. Yes, I use 3 different applications because I can’t decide which one I like the best. I’ve often been called a “digital pack rat” or “digital hoarder” because I am constantly making lists, saving documents, or typing notes and ideas into one of these applications.
This has been a daily exercise for me for years and I find it to be very rewarding and stress relieving. Just to get all of that stuff out of my head and into an organized system that I can reference and use for prioritizing tasks and information is a relief. As you try this, keep in mind that it is important to review, prioritize, mark complete, and archive tasks and information as it is completed on a daily basis. This will keep the system from getting cluttered and will help you to organize and plan your activities.
For additional reference in this area, this article from Lifehack entitled “50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily” includes a ton of good ideas for increasing productivity and relieving stress.