Do you ever get distracted? Silly question?
Happens to me all the time. I should.... Whenever I start a self monolog like that I'm either already on a tangent or about to drift off onto one. Truth is that we generally have an endless amount of "I should" things rattling around our heads at any given time. Going from an 'I should' to an 'I need to' will hopefully make the universe a little smaller. That's been helpful to me.
The other day I moved doing my taxes through this virtual funnel from should to need... Then I did my taxes. It seems to me that the answer if to drown out the noise and create some laser focus on what needs to get done. That may still be a pretty unwieldy list of things but if you break it down further and prioritize the 'need to' list, you'll be able to effectively plow through it one thing at a time while retaining your sanity and minimizing your level of overwhelm. Multitasking is overrated anyway according to new research on the topic.
With that, you and I both have things we need to do, so I'll keep this blog entry short...