This is not easy. It is a natural tendency to rush through our work when we feel short of time, but in the end it doesn’t help. That’s because busy-ness is not the same thing as productivity.
Our goal is not to do the most things, but to do the most important things.
The next time you feel really rushed, stop and take stock of all you have to do. Give yourself a full minute to take it in. Think about what really is the most important thing for you to move forward. Then do that one thing.
At the end of the day, you’ll find that the discipline of moving mindfully through your tasks, rather than racing frantically through them, allows you to get more of the important things done while feeling less stressed and more in control.