Task management for the overwhelmed
December 30, 2013 8:40 AM Subscribe
Are you easily distracted and overwhelmed? What task management techniques/systems have you found successful?
posted by overeducated_alligator to Work & Money (17 answers total) 85 users marked this as a favorite
I have two big mental obstructions:
1. I'm easily overwhelmed and feel crippling guilt in the face of any more than one undone task.
2. I'm easily distracted by the slightest interference in my field of vision. If I'm in the middle of one thing and something else so much as catches my eye, I get derailed.
As a result, when I make a To-Do list, within about 30 seconds I'm both dreading the enormity of all the things, and distracted by lots of different tasks all calling out to be done.
Does this sound like you? How do you manage it?
The "Getting Things Done" system was appealing to me at first because the initial "brain dump" helped me let go of all the competing obligations crowding my brain. I want that "trusted system" so I can do just one thing at a time! But having a zillion bins and buckets and contexts for everything made it all fall apart within about 5 days.
Please hope me.