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How often are you overwhelmed by things to do to the point of shutting down?

By Andrew Pollack on 02/02/2006 at 09:10 AM EST

Its 9am and I've been up and going in the office for more than an hour already. The list of tech and business items to address on my list is so consumingly huge that at present I'm unable to start any of them. I've learned that at this point there is no hope at all other than to drop back and punt. That is to say, shut the monitor off, push the keyboard away on the desk, and create a master list on paper. To have any hope of getting ahead of this stack, I have to now force myself to complete the list in its entirety before even attempting to take on a single item from it.

That said -- see you all in a few hours.

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After 'Sphere..By Gerco Wolfswinkel on 02/02/2006 at 10:14 AM EST
Honestly, I haven't had that feeling that often, but I clearly experience it
after 'Sphere. There's so much information left that I need to share with
co-workers and customers! I have a feeling I've got to let it sink in for a
couple of days more, before writing and blogging about it.
You might try...By Rob Darwin on 02/02/2006 at 03:39 PM EST
My own thoughts on this are...By Gregg Eldred on 02/03/2006 at 02:37 PM EST
Did you see this over at
All the timeBy Jeff R on 02/17/2006 at 12:26 AM EST
This is the story of my life. So much to get done in so many unrelated areas
that it becomes difficult to prioritize and execute on anything.

I've done the drop back and make a list trick, that works pretty well.

I've done the walk out of the room (go for a walk, a bike ride, etc) and that
just ends up making me feel more guilty about "the pile"

The gem is the link to 43Folders in Rob Darwin's comment, I do exactly what it
describes there and it works every time. The sad part is I never realized that
is what I do until I read the article.

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