When You Have Multiple Things to do at Once

by Rachel Miller

September 9, 2022

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When you have several different things to do, it can feel overwhelming. You may be tempted to rush to get everything done in time.


  • Remember: rushing only leads to more stress, mistakes, and poor outcomes.

  • Instead of trying to do 3 things at once, or squeezing all these tasks on your to-do list for today, pick one thing and do it really well.

  • Delegate the other things to another time, person, or place. You will feel like you don’t have a choice in the matter: “but I have to do X, Y and Z”–but do you, really? Is it essential to complete all those things right now? Ask yourself:
    • Do I have to be the person to complete this task?
    • Am I the only person capable and responsible for this? Could someone else do it instead?
    • Do Y and Z have to be done today? Right now?

  • Narrow down what is most essential and focus on doing this one thing well.
    • Some things may not get done today. That’s OK.
    • Put the blinders on, and do what you need to get what is most important done.

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