The consistent, unproductive preoccupation with all the things we have to do is the single largest consumer of time and energy.
The official holiday season is upon us - Thanksgiving dinner has been enjoyed (and probably re-enjoyed, as leftovers) and the constant stream of holiday music is playing in every store. And, as we discussed a few weeks ago, you probably have a huge list of things to be accomplished between now and the end of 2017. While making sure your to-do list and goals are clear and specific is a great start, Kerry Gleeson reminds us of something else: we can't become overwhelmed by our list to the point where "worry about not getting all of my to-dos done" is the action item you actually spend the most time on.
The fastest way out of this is to start taking tiny bites (I know, difficult if you're still stuffed from Thanksgiving) out of your list. Start now - select one task, break it into smaller steps, and complete one of those steps right now. No excuses, just do. And then each time you look at your list and start, repeat the process and soon enough you'll find that you've made significant progress.