There’s often a big difference between what you need to do and what you want to do.
Perhaps you find yourself writing a long to do list of all the the things to get done, a combination of needs and wants. Whilst working through this list you find yourself doing doing things and crossing them off the list.
But at the end of the day or week, you’re left with a bunch of things left undone. The things you actually need to do. The things that you’ve been putting off. The things that matter.
That means the to do lists aren’t working or you need to approach them differently.
Instead of writing a do list, write a list of actionable things that are bothering you. It could be the growing pile of clean laundry that needs to be packed away, paying a bill, sending a letter, arranging an appointment, making a phone call or initiating plans with someone you’d like to spend time with.
It’s the things that are taking up space in your mind, that are running in the background whilst you go about your day to day life.
It’s not possible to get everything done but a good place to start is with the things that bother you the most.