"Be the Queen Bee, not the Busy Bee," ~ Ally Brown.
This one is for the ladies. We (on the whole) are excellent muti-taskers, it's one of our greatest gifts and biggest pitfalls. How many of us can relate to this I Don't Know How She Does It? We need to learn how to be the master and not the slave to our "To Do Lists," then and only then, will we be able to harness our power for the greater good.
We need to develop the one thing that will make us more effective multi-taskers, that which will strike fear into the hearts of "to do list tasks" everywhere, and that's tunnel vision. In the words of Johann Von Goethe, "Things which matter most should never be at the mercy of things which matter least."
In more practical terms, what one thing will have the biggest impact on what you wish to accomplish? We have the tendency to start with smaller tasks in an effort to make ourselves feel more productive, and wonder why we still feel stressed at the end of the day. Duh. It's because the big task is being carried over into tomorrow, looming overhead.
One of the greatest pieces of advice I ever heard was when you have your "To Do List" for the day, rank each task in order of most important to least, and that's your plan of attack. Develop tunnel vision. Get focused. And, learn to say "no" if something doesn't fit into your big picture.
And, after that,
Pinky: Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?
Brain: The same thing we do every night.
Pinky: Try to take over the world!