I find it also very helpful to have a list of all the action items I need to complete, with the priority of each one clearly set. Focus on the most important one's first. That distinction might depend several factors though, including:
- are other people or action items depending upon you finishing the action item in order for them to move forward? If yest, do these sooner than later
- is a certain deliverable really complex? If yes, it may be good to break it down into pieces and schedule time to do them in the blocks of time available to you
- is it a task you simply don't want to do, but you know you have to do it? If yes, do it sooner than later! You will then ave the pleasure and reduced stressed of having it behind you!
Being able to check off completed action items can be very motivating and encourage you to be more focused on the next item.