Does it really matter that much? Try to work on prioritising your to do list. Work out the jobs that really need your attention. I go through and put all urgent to-dos at the top of the list. I will try to get on with urgent jobs first thing in the morning when my mind is fresh.
This leaves the easier tasks to be done at time I don’t generally feel as productive, I look through to see if there are any quick fixes I can get ticked off, such as emails after lunch. The fact these tasks can be done faster makes you feel like you are getting bits done which I find really motivating to get the list done.
Can someone else do the job or help out? I know it’s not easy to ask for help or let go, but it could really help you feel more on top in the long term.
I usually start to feel overwhelmed when I don’t feel organised and on top of things. I find once I start to work on my ‘to-do’ list there will be bits of paper that need filing and books I’ve been using that need to be put away.
Spending half an hour getting things like this organised, putting dates in your diary, that kind of thing can make you feel so much more together.
Look after yourself
Get a good nights sleep. The first thing that happens when you feel you have too much on your plate is that you start to feel stressed, next your sleep suffers. This is counter-productive as this affects your concentration and ability to get the job done.
Avoid too much caffeine. As with above a healthy body helps a healthy mind. Avoid drinking too much caffeine as it will just make you feel groggy and not able to concentrate on the task in hand.