It’s hard, isn’t it? Even now. You’re handling a lot more than you ever did but it’s ceaseless and the more you can do, the more you get given to do. You’re the one who gets stuff done and, grief, if that isn’t a pain.
Also a pleasure, admit it. Yes, sure, you can take on that extra work, no trouble.
It is trouble and it is hard and it does take consistent, persistent, ceaseless effort.
But the way you do this always the same. The detail of your tasks and even of how you organise them may vary, yet at the heart there are just three things to keep in mind:
1) Spend time now to save time later
Invariably, just invariably, it takes you less time if you do something now than if you do something later.
There are exceptions. I’ve found I boom along at close to lightspeed when a deadline is coming but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you said the quality of what I do suffers.
The key reason for this is to do with number 2:
2) Stop churning
I know someone who was worried about a thing that was coming up at the end of the month. But he had all the information he needed to know what that thing would be. Not just whether it would be good or bad, but exactly and precisely what it would be. No doubt, no question of error, no wriggle room.
Now, he carried on worrying rather than work it out because he didn’t want to know if it was bad. But he thought about this a lot, just a lot. He churned it over and over in his mind for weeks.
You don’t churn good things. So don’t churn bad ones either.
And one way you do that is number 3:
3) Get tasks out of your head
We’re rubbish at remembering everything and coping with everything, we are fantastic at acting, working, resolving.
Use a good To Do app, get everything in there and know that everything is in there, then just do what the app tells you needs to be done now.
Out of your head and into your list, it makes all of this easier.