EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm off on a break and have asked some talented friends to fill in here on the blog. Happy dance! Next up, Katrina Tan from Pugly Pixel.
When I feel overwhelmed with all the things I have to do everyday, I do something which I call Brain Dump. I sit down with a pen and paper and create an unordered list of all the things that are floating in my mind: tasks, current projects, future projects, daydreams, appointments, dog duties, family duties --- everything. Some tasks are too big for a single bullet point and need to be broken down even more.
The next step is to map each bullet point to my calendar. I've learned not to schedule more than I can reasonably handle into a single day, and if I do, I keep my calendar flexible enough that I can move a task to the following day. The fun part is checking things off. Making a time-driven list is a cliche, but it really shines when you start to check off each item you complete.