People say do the hardest task first thing in the morning and the rest of the day is easy.
That may be true but sometimes you need to take care of the trifling stuff like email to develop a rhythm and get in work mode. The small actions are little achievements that unlock the confidence to attack bigger priorities.
You can only complete so much in a day anyway. Satisfaction is knowing you made a bit of progress.
There are obvious methods to maximize work productivity. But there’s no one right way to operate. Life gets in the way. So do new projects and countless other distractions. You just have to do your best to tread and ship when you can.
The work just keeps on piling up. You might as well enjoy the process and embrace busyness. You’ll be even more nervous when there’s nothing to do.