I make myself a ‘To do’ list every day. It may sound fairly efficient but actually often isn’t. I think it just stops me panicking about the things I feel I should be getting done. Writing them down in a list makes me feel they’re reasonably contained and managed with the intention that they will happen soon.
It occurred to me the other day that I’ve subconsciously developed a method which I sometimes apply when I’m feeling a bit low and unproductive. I look at my list and identify the two or three things I least want to do. These are often administrative tasks that involve reading lots of small text or making phone calls where I have to sit on hold for ages. They are the things that stress me out and the ones I’m most likely avoid. Then I make myself do them so I can cross them off. It’s a bit of a psychological ‘pat on the back’. It doesn’t always work but I like this concept and try to do it when possible.