To-do lists are my life. I have one central system that I use for everything.. grocery lists, work projects, personal stuff… At first, starting a to-do list seemed like one more thing to add to my mental to-do list, but once I got past that, I found that actually putting things down SOMEWHERE and referring back to them in an orderly fashion meant they weren’t bouncing around in my head and - more importantly - not forgotten.
Stress occurs when you feel out of control. The easiest way for me to feel out of control is by not doing all the things I need to. By this I don’t mean blowing deadlines. I mean all the other things that I put off while I’m working on a deadline. Bookkeeping; that annoying little project for a “friend” that you know will only take you half an hour but you can’t bring yourself to start it; cleaning out the inbox; getting through that “stuff to scan” file, or the “Stuff to shred” pile… you know what I mean.
Yes, I said it: "Clients can be rough." Of course they can. They're human. We all can be rough. I know I certainly can be. But, when it all comes down to it, clients are your income. So what happens when "the client is always right" meets "the client is driving me crazy"?