Thinking about a huge task or a series of tasks can be daunting. It’s easy to let the mountain of "to-do's" intimidate you into abandoning all hope of reaching the summit. But there are common-sense ways to make the heights seem climbable.
1) Break down the mountain of to-do’s into achievable chunks.
A great mountain climber was once asked, “How do you manage to climb a mountain?” His answer: “One step at a time, and I just keep going.” A monumental goal can be broken down into very doable mini-goals.
For example, planning a major career change and desiring to do something very different than you’ve ever done before? The notion can make a hearty person think twice, and stay in an unfulfilling job out of sheer intimidation. But chopping the challenge into smaller, doable tasks, such as re-writing the resume and networking with those in your chosen field can drastically reduce the intimidation factor.
2) The key metric is productivity, not just being busy. Measure your progress.
In our whirlwind world, it’s easy to mistake “busy” for “productive”. Sometimes they are the same but often they are not; busyness is a very clever imposter. The best way to foil this imposter and prevent it from stealing your time and energy is to prioritize your tasks. This takes focus and deliberate planning. It takes some tough decisions; you must be ruthless with your time.