Overwhelmed export to do listOverwhelm is what you feel when you are not doing what you think you should be doing and haven’t done.

Does this sense of overwhelm visit you from time to time?

Notice the key phrase in that definition… ‘what you think you should be doing’

It’s how you think about your ‘should’ list that matters, not the size of it.

All you can ever do is focus on the priorities, and put your attention there first. Relegate the rest of the overwhelm to a written to-do list so it is ‘exported’ from your mind and in a safe place to come back to later.

An exported list is much less of a distraction than having it swirling around in your mind.

Experiments show that exporting your ‘shoulds’ to a list also helps people sleep rather than toss and turn with busy minds.

Here are some tips on how to prioritise your workload.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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