Well my to-do-list works as a reminder too. It doesn't matter if you can't get all the things listed done, just keep in mind that if you can get at least a minimum of 2 things done, then that should be enough to make you happy. And the things you didn't get done, just add it to the list again for the next day. Sooner it will get done. Just take it easy on yourself.
Then I pick out the Super Urgent Thing – that can be sorted right now – and do that.
Then I have a cup of tea and chill for 5 mins.
If my list is really long then its a really Brain Dump list disguised as a To Do list and I treat it as such.
I weed out everything that does need attention At Some Point, but NOT right now.
I schedule what I can deal with for the week ahead; what can wait til next week; month; year and even never.
For me this is a good way of seeing what actually, really matters – and what really doesnt.
I also delegate anything that anyone can do, or what someone else should be doing.
Then I try to give myself a realistic time scale to crack on.
And be sure to know that a day only has 24h. Do what you can -don't cheat on yourself- and try to accept the things you cannot do.
You can try an extra list of things that regularly don't get done. Either schedule them differently or try to set a special time for only those tasks.
when I look at a giant overwhelming list I begin to highlight my top
3 tasks and I work hard to complete them
As quickly as possible. Once I knock a few things off the list, I feel less stressed and I realize that all the things on my list aren’t always as urgent as I may have felt at first. It becomes easier to prioritize what to do next. Then you are cruising! Getting started is always the hardest part!