Too Much To Do? Paring Down Your Priorities Helps

Pare your priorities.

Finding time when you have too much to do is a formidable (and very typical) challenge.

Really, who among us doesn’t usually have too much to do?

Here at The Time Finder, we are in the midst of getting ready to launch a new product, and there are lots of details involved. Some of the tasks are complicated and involve creativity and focus. Some are more rote and familiar. Many of the things we need to do are also sequential and time sensitive.

Adding this project to the other things that we regularly need to tend to always adds some interesting time challenges.

Too much to do? Step # 1 is Acceptance.

When there’s too much to do, part of the challenge is accepting the fact that you simply can’t get it all done. 

Absent that acceptance, you try to sustain a pace that ultimately means your efficiency and productivity suffer.

And that’s not all. When you try to do more than what’s possible, your health, your relationships, and your quality of life all suffer as well.

Step #2: Prioritizing and Boundaries

When you have too much to do, prioritizing becomes an absolute necessity, as does the use of time boundaries.

  • I have created a prioritized list of tasks and have set aside extra time, separate from my ongoing tasks, for focusing on the new product.  I have dropped “non-essential tasks” from my to-do list for now.  They can be picked up again once we’ve finished.  For now, they simply add to the stress level.
  • I am using my time boundaries to maintain my focus on the tasks that are on the top of my prioritized to-do list. My time boundaries help me to keep from feeling overwhelmed.
  • To help implement and maintain my time boundaries, I am using a timer much more frequently than I sometimes do. This also helps to keep me focused and encourages me to “let go” of tasks that may not be “perfect” but are “good enough.”

Step #3: Having too much to do isn’t forever.

So, when you have a lot on your plate, it is very important to prioritize, have boundaries about your time, and keep yourself moving.

It’s also helpful to remind yourself that you won’t always be this busy. Plan in a reward for yourself once you get through this span of time. That helps keep you motivated. As well, it’s a message you give yourself, validating your efforts.

How do you manage when your to-do list is too full?

What’s one thing you will do for yourself today to help address that feeling of having too much to do?

Need more ideas? This will help…

Do you ever feel like life is coming at you too fast and you’re getting lost in the shuffle? Are you feeling at sea and rudderless? Unclear about what your priorities even are?

Well, a time tool what I want to tell you about today is my E-Guide titled “Why Can’t I find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life. This E-Guide gets right down to business as it walks you through 17 journaling prompts aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of

  • Who you are,
  • What you value,
  • What makes you tick and
  • How you relate to your time choices.

Understanding any ONE of these things more fully is a great gift to give yourself. So I invite you follow your heart as you clarify your priorities and find your direction with “Why Can’t I find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life. Click the link below to discover more about what’s possible for you.

Let’s explore time together…

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