There is so much to do.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Everything calls for our attention, and there are myriads of tasks that take you closer to your goals.

You only have so much time left here on earth.

How do you want to spend it?

Every goal you have may have an endless list of todos attached with it. But of all those tasks, some have more impact than others. There is one task that moves the needle the most.

Time spent planning your day is time well spent.

Identify what needs to be done. Write everything down. Go through that list. Ask yourself what is truly essential. Only do that.

You don’t need to hurry.

Just take one step at a time. And take your time to enjoy the journey.

This is an excerpt from Slow and Steady – Nerdful Mind #36.
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  1. 3

    TRUE! Ends up with more anxiety and existential crisis

  2. 2

    Well said, reading MAKE (by Pieter Levels) really help me with planning, which was a big issue for me

  3. 2

    Agreed. I have read great book about it
    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
    Autrored by Greg McKeown.
    I recommend it.

    1. 2

      That book looks awesome, added it to my list.
      Looking forward to reading it!

  4. 2

    This is really good advice, I've been overwhelmed with everything I need to do lately. Thank you for posting it.

    1. 1

      Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad that my post is useful to you.

  5. 2

    Agreed. Have you read "the one thing"?

    That changed things for me. I used lists, starting with the "big jobs" on a whiteboard, then the broken down tasks on monday.com , then the important take on a post it note on my monitor, and then a to do list on a pad on my desk.

    The truth is, there is always ONE thing that is the most important thing to get done. The biggest challenge for me was identifying that thing.

    1. 1

      I've read articles about it and love the concept!
      Haven't read the book yet, but it's on my list.

      I plan and review my goals each quarter, month, and week. Then for each day I have 1 todo with highest priority, 3 with medium priority and several with lower priority.

      Sometimes it's difficult to do the most important thing first, but it feels amazing to accomplish it. My biggest challenge is to be content when I only manage to get my prio 1 done that day and nothing else. But I'm working on that!

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