Too many things to do? Make a list.

Fayteen is busier than usual keeping up with her business and helping her daughter Ranna get the treatment she needs for breast cancer. Plus, she just spent a few days in the hospital herself.

Joy returned from a short trip and will be leaving again in a few days for the University of Tulsa to help her son Jay pack up his clothes and bicycle and bring them home for the summer.

Too many things-to-do? Stop for a minute. Make a list. Then, do one thing at a time.

That’s what we try to do when we feel a little overwhelmed. David Allen, in his bestselling book Getting Things Done—The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, suggests “collecting things that command our attention.”

His approach is fairly complicated. But, in simple terms, he suggests that making a list and getting things-to-do out of your head is a key ingredient for “relaxed control.”

The copy on the back of Allen’s paperback book explains:  “Allen’s premise is simple:  Our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective results.”

This approach usually works for both of us. Once you have written down all the things-to-do that are swirling around in your head, you can proceed calmly and get them done. Or, more realistically, you can figure out which things-to-do are most important  and concentrate on those priority tasks.

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