Have you been using your computer and things started to get sluggish? You had a web browser open, a document open, maybe an image up to retouch, some music playing, an instant message, well, you get the idea. At some point, even the best of computers can only handle so many tasks before they just can’t take it any more and instead of trying to manage al of the tasks, they just freeze, and nothing gets done.
It seems like the past few days have been like that for me. I went from doing pretty well managing tasks, to falling behind in updating my “To Do” lists, to all of a sudden I went from barely being able to keep up to just throwing my hands up and getting nothing done. I’m not sure when I hit the breaking point, but I’m there.
Now, just like someone having to reboot their frozen computer I’ve got to get started again, to prioritize the tasks at hand and deal with the things that didn’t get done, just like that document you weren’t able to save before things locked up. I’ve been trying to take a greater control over my life, to be able to prioritize and, when appropriate, to say no. It pains me not to be able to meet any obligation, but I guess when you are trying to get ahead, there are going to be some things that just don’t get done, or at least not the way you’d like them to.
Hopefully I’ll be able to get back on track quickly because even though I may not be getting things done, tasks continue to pile up and my backlog is only getting longer. What do you do when it just becomes too much? At what point do you start removing things from your list of tasks that have to be completed? I hate not being able to get everything done, but I’m only one person…