What I am really saying here is - it's important to know when to walk away.
And not for good - this should become a daily exercise for those people who spend their days trying to figure out how to get organized, which WSO they want to try and finish, so on and so forth.
This is what I do to prevent overwhelm - because even I tend to get distracted and off path. We all do.
- I dedicated a maximum of two hours daily to screw off. Check Facebook, read emails, watch the grass grow, etc. This isn't hard and fast either. It's give or take and can be chopped up throughout the day.
- I must complete a business related task, any task, before 10 a.m. I don't remember when I set this goal, but boy does it make me feel good about myself going into the afternoon.
- If I find myself losing attention to something, I walk away from it. I may or may not pick the task up again that day.
- I try and leave room for spontaneity somewhere during the week. You know, the call you get from the friend who only ever calls you at the last minute to go play golf - plan for him. Build it into your week - it isn't that hard and you won't beat yourself up for going when you are done.
- Go to bed at a reasonable hour. Step away from the computer completely and DO NOT return to it. I know this is a hard one but hard isn't impossible.
This, and I am pretty lazy. You should see my front lawn right now. Yikes.
Try to add some of the above to your routine and if you are feeling overwhelmed especially, just know when to step away from the computer and regroup.