Blank screen days

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A friend of mine recently described what I think is a nicely powerful metaphor: the blank screen day. It’s when you know you have a million things to work on but you can’t figure out how which task you’d like to start with, and you sit around indecisively as you try to prioritize.

In my case, that happens when I’m not particularly excited about any of the tasks I need to do, or when they seem too overwhelming, or when I’m not sure how to break them down into smaller, more accomplishable pieces. I can end up wasting a frightening amount of time when this happens, flitting halfheartedly from one task to the other without a clear plan of attack. The antidote is decisive action — because it’s better to get a few things done well than to get nothing done entirely — but that’s easier said than done.

Still, it helps to have a name for it, right? Forewarned is forearmed, and all that.

Do you have blank screen days?

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  1. Oh my goodness, I have days like this, and you have described them exactly. The more overwhelmed I feel by all of the things that need to get done, the harder it is to actually do anything. The only way I’ve found to manage them is just to pick one tiny tasks and try to shut all the others out of my mind as I focus on just that one. It’s hard, though.

    And, I agree, it’s nice to have a name for it! And to know that others have the same kinds of days.

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