Feeling like you've got too much to do and not enough is getting done?  Not getting enough help? Not getting enough sleep?  Not having as much fun as other people you know?

Welcome to the club. It's a really big club. Very easy to get in - easier to get out than you might think.

Most of us have a list of things we need to get done that is really way too long. In fact, it's so long that we most likely don't actually have it written down.  These things just pop up and remind us every once in a while that they aren't getting done, stress us out, and then gently drift back into the clutter of our subconscious.  No wonder many of us wake up at 4AM in a cold sweat.   People often tell them that if they could just get things under control for once, (just get around the bend in the road in front of them) then they could stay ahead of the curve and stay in control.  This is magical thinking because we never make it happen and are always staring wistfully at that bend in the road wishing we could get caught up.  The payoff is big -getting home earlier, having more weekend in your weekend, sleeping better, being less grumpy with your family.

There is a way out and here it is.  Make a list. This is pretty simple IF you do this right.

First - Write it down

The first thing you've got to do is write down everything EVERYTHING you can think of that you've got to do. Absolutely everything you can think of.  You have to be able to easily access this list anytime you want to and if it's just floating around in your head you can't do it.  By writing everything down you take the first step to really lessening the stress you feel because you don't have that free floating anxiety of thinking that there is something you've really got to do but you just can't remember it.

Learn the next tips to getting things under control in next week’s blog.

Rem Jackson
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