Do you have a lot to do? Me too.

Except we don’t. We only ever have one thing to do: the task at hand.

I realize that sounds like a cop-out. Just like you, I know that creeping feeling of panic and despair as a thousand obligations clamor for our attention. Heck, I’ve had that feeling this week.

So maybe the task at hand is to take our thousand obligations and make a plan for how we’re going to get them done. But the task at hand isn’t to do a thousand things, because we can’t do a thousand things—we can only do one thing.

So do the work in front of you. If you’re overwhelmed, make a plan.

Then do the work in front of you.