We all carry a list of unfinished tasks. Those more organised may use software to list and prioritise what gets done and when, but many of us depend on hand-written lists or our memory.
The longer the list the heavier the weight of our to-do back-packs.
There is a temptation to tackle the easier tasks first. In this way we can see progress as the list quickly shortens. But truthfully, the remaining, challenging tasks, the ones we just don’t want to tackle, are the actions that require the most effort, and generally speaking, will result in unwanted penalties if deadlines are missed.
These weighty tasks are the to-dos to complete first, why? Because they will reduce anxiety and stress.
Uncompleted actions will clutter thinking and keeping this list to a minimum, particularly those jobs that you are reluctant to complete, will free-up time for leisure and blue-sky thinking.
The alternative is to defer action and risk cluttering our mental faculties with what needs to be done.