1. Audrey Pincott
    December 28, 2016 @ 6:25 pm

    Oh, I just want to hug you after reading this post about the “tornadoes”. It is refreshing to hear that I’m not alone in that struggle. Thank you for sharing these methods! I look forward to implimenting your strategy to tackle tornadoes!!

  2. Nanouk | Digital Nomad with Kids
    December 29, 2016 @ 2:55 pm

    This is exactly how I feel right now! Great timing! I know I need to prioritise but I first need to put all the to dos down in a list. I have the tendency to skip this step so I continuously feel like I’m forgetting things (which I am…) Thank you for the reminder!

  3. Ron
    December 29, 2016 @ 11:47 pm

    I have tornadoes at the moment after the Christmas holiday. I appreciate your good advice. I’m in the DOING phase at the moment to catch up and haven’t even started my new blog because I need to plan it before I get started. But thanks anyway.

  4. Karin
    December 30, 2016 @ 7:33 am

    Earlier this week, I found myself in exactly the situation you described in this post. I absolutely love the “brain tornado” metaphor, because that is essentially what it feels like. I felt paralyzed, wandered from task to task, not really accomplishing anything meaningful, feeling like I was wasting precious time. Over and over the thought “where do I start?” came into my head. Finally I decided to sit down and put at least all of the big and small projects I would like to accomplish in 2017 on paper. No wonder my head was spinning! The concept of all thoughts and ideas carrying the same weight while they are still swirling around in your head is an eye opener for me. Now I cannot wait to sit down and follow the steps you have outlined in this post! Thank you for giving me exactly the roadmap I’ve been looking for!

  5. Jacquie Tinch
    January 1, 2017 @ 5:57 am

    The problem with the 80/20 rule is that new 20s arrive every day and the 80s get left behind, day after day. Some of those 80s might even only be 80s because they’re not so time critical as some of the 20s, but by the time they have to be done and get a place high up in the priorities, I am looking unprofessional because they have been left to the last minute even though I originally had a long lead in time.

  6. Maria @ Leisurely Does It
    January 2, 2017 @ 4:11 pm

    This is really good advice and it works. I always feel like I have a million thoughts swirling around in my head. When I write them down and prioritize each task, my to-do list doesn’t feel so overwhelming somehow. Setting a timer also really works for me. Even though I have a set task, it can be easy for my mind to wander and start thinking about what’s next. When I have that timer running, I tend to focus more on the task I’m working on.