A series of unexpected events over the past week put me far behind on my to-do list. Some came in the form of happy accidents: a delayed flight for visiting family allowed more time to connect. Others – such as an unexplained internet outage and a case of croup – were less redeeming. Irrespective of their inherent value, the effect on my productivity generated panic. How on earth would I complete today’s to-do list when I hadn’t cleared the slate from the day before - or the day before that?!
After wasting precious time attempting to devise a strategy, I simply began. I combed the list, identified the most time-sensitive matters, and started where I was. By the end of the day, I had addressed the most urgent issues and reminded myself the remaining items would not suffer from another day's delay.
What is overwhelming you today? Can you alleviate anxiety by starting wherever you are?