This might sound very counterintuitive, but just hear me out and let me explain how minimising your to-do list can help you get more things done
I want to start out with sharing this quote with you:
“We tend to overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a year” – unknown
We often tend to think that we want to do XY & Z within a day, and write down the longest to-do list and then get disappointed with ourselves when we don’t get half of it done. Which is highly unmotivating if you keep doing this to yourself.
But we often tend to forget, the compound effect of doing small things over a longer period of time.
So instead of overwhelming yourself within each day, try to just do 3 important things for each day – and then everything else the you do in addition to that is just an extra success!
Over time you won’t feel as overwhelmed each day, and the act of accomplishing what you’ve set yourself up for gives you even more drive and motivation.
And remember to have long-term perspective. I know the feeling of wanting to have it all done NOW, but think long-term and then think about the small steps you can take each day that will help get you closer towards your overall goal.
Exercise for you:
Write down a bigger goal that you have. Then think about all the small things you can do to help you reach that goal – and then start doing these things consistently.