Every now and again, I have so many work-related juggling balls in the air, that I don't know which to deal with next. Or I'll start one piece of work, then realise I'd rather be/should be doing something else, and switch. It drives me insane, as if my brain is being pulled in five different directions at once. Occasionally, if I'm not careful, I'll short-circuit and nothing of any significance is achieved. Maddening.
Hooray, then, for Jurgen Wolff, whose blog I only just discovered, thanks to a link in today's Shooting People newsletter, edited by the unstoppable Andy Conway (although he hasn't written an editorial for a couple of days now, which upsets me). Here's one of Wolff's simple suggestions for overcoming the madness...
Because procrastinators often like the excitement of putting things off, try playing "to-do list roulette." Make a list of three things you could do today (including at least one task that relates to getting done the thing you're supposed to be doing instead of procrastinating). Write each one on a separate index card, turn them over, shuffle them until you have no idea which one is which, select one, turn it over, and do that task. The element of chance may give you the adrenaline you crave, and the odds are that you'll be on task for at least one-third of the time.
This I like. Might well give it a shot. Or shall I? After all, there are five other methods to overcome indecision. Which one's best? Etc.