The first thing to do is to make a list of all of the things you need to get done. I typically start with a checklist, making note (in no particular order) of everything I need to accomplish. Once I have a list of tasks, I can start prioritizing, and then add in additional tasks as I think of them. Invariably, while I’m reflecting on what I need to do and when I need to do it, I always think of additional things that need done. This could quickly get overwhelming, but by keeping my list organized and thinking through the best approach for getting things done, I can manage my tasks.
I know a lot of people who hate checklists, no matter what Stephen Covey tells them. I’m not going to give you any tips today on how to make a checklist that you will hate less, but I do want to suggest a new way of thinking about checklists that may be helpful for you.