Let me tell you a truth that you’re going to find hideously depressing:
Nothing is ever truly done.
There will always been things on your To Do list. Always chores that must be done over again. Always laundry. Always appointments and errands. There is always something to be done.
Doesn’t that just make you want to weep?
Here’s another truth:
If you don’t get every single, blessed thing done, it’s okay.
This is something I have to frequently remind myself of because I’m really bad about getting overwhelmed and overtired and falling into this pattern of frenetically trying to finish things until I’m so exhausted, I’m tripping over myself and wind up making more work for myself and usually breaking something. That’s the point at which my husband steps in and says STOP (because I often won’t until things are DONE).
Sometimes you just have to stop and take a break. Ten minutes. Half an hour. The afternoon. A whole day. A WEEKEND.
You have to be the judge of how long you need (aka how long you can go looking at the list of To Be Done not getting done before you start getting an eye twitch). But TAKE THE BREAK.
Better yet, take the break and FORGET ABOUT WHAT NEEDS DOING for a while. This is often easier said than done, but is something good to attempt either way. Go see a movie. Have dinner out with friends. Throw a party. Do something fun!
You’ll come back feeling more rested, more focused, and yes, you guessed it, more efficient.