How To Avoid Being Overwhelmed With Your To-Do Lists

Hey what’s up my friend?

On my latest post I was talking about How To Get It Done in the sense of making things happen.

You know what I’m talking about right…?

Avoiding procrastination!

The first quarter of the year is already long gone but I did manage to do a few interesting things anyway though:

  • I was interviewed by the Aweber team (I wrote about it here).
  • And a few days ago I was interviewed by the team as well (they even featured me on their site).

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But after quickly analyzing what I have done, my activities aren’t that close to the list I published for my 2013 Goals.

Completely got rid of my shiny object syndrome addiction, I started eating healthier, doing more exercise, getting more things done but I still can’t really show you some ACTUAL progress and you know why is that?

I became massively overwhelmed.

Thought I could get away with it, but it didn’t happen.

I shot a quick video where I go a little bit deeper on this topic and I actually tell you how to solve this problem.

How To Avoid Being Overwhelmed With Your To-Do Lists

There’s no intros, outros, background music or anything fancy besides me talking to a phallic looking USB microphone (which is great but apparently I used the wrong settings)

Note: This sounds very simple but most people won’t do it…


I’m not into eating elephants but in case you have heard the saying, just eat that elephant one bite at a time and you’ll get there.

Take care and I’ll talk to you tomorrow, I have a lot of things to share! ;-)


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    • Jens P. Berget
    • April 5, 2013

    Hey Sergio,

    I’ve been focusing on this topic a lot lately, and by combining the pomodoro technique and the Things app, I’m really getting things done :)

    1. Reply

      So happy to hear that Jens, I know you love productivity strategies and wouldn’t be surprised if you became a master at it!

      Thanks for stopping by man, now that we are on quarter “número dos” have you reached 1/4 of your 2013 goals already?

    • Alex
    • April 5, 2013

    So where most people avoid the ‘elephant in the room’ you just prefer to eat it.
    Yeah that works actually.
    (Seriously though – most people do tend to get overwhelmed and end up sticking their head on the sand – OR in other words they avoid that elephant.
    Not anymore!
    … Unless you have an allergy to pachyderms that is ;)

    1. Reply

      Hey Alex, yeah I like to make things happen from time to time man.

      Obviously I do not succeed all the time but now that I’m aware of this, I can take care of it and steer in the right direction a lot quicker than before.

      It’s pretty sad though to see so many bright minds go to waste because of getting overwhelmed, hence the reason of this article.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by and wow, I don’t know if I’m allergic to pachyderms or not LOL

    • Khaja Moin
    • April 5, 2013

    Hey Sergio,

    Congrats man! You`re been featured on Major sites.
    I agree with you for an internet marketer branding is very important, because it bring trust and trust helps in more conversions.

    Like Jens I too practicing pomodoro technique. This makes me feel less stress at work.


    1. Reply

      Hey Khaja, thank you man!

      And you nailed it too, branding and credibility are fundamental things to have in place when it comes to make someone trust you and decide to become either a subscriber or a buyer or both.

      I’ve tried the Pomodoro technique (thanks to Steve Scott) and it’s really awesome when applied by the rule.

      Thanks for stopping by man!

  1. Reply

    Hi Sergio,

    2 great posts in 2 days, way to go to avoid procrastination.

    The other thing is get over your perfectionism. I’m much more like microsoft, release something and then patch it based on feedback.

    Beta release your product at a lowish front end price and then sell it for a premium price with all the feedback in place.

    Swing that bat during Q2 of the year.


    1. Reply

      Hey Andrew, yeah I was in some kind of a blogging spree lol

      Perfectionism and over analyzing stuff freaking kills my productivity sometimes but I’m very well aware of this and dealing with it on a daily basis.

      This three-word concept pretty much sums it up for me: “Ready, Fire, Aim!”

      I just have to take care of a few things before submitting the training to approval in ClickBank and then I’ll be working seriously hard on finishing everything as we go.

      Thanks for stopping by and an leaving a very helpful comment, I already took a few swings but haven’t hit a home run yet (I feel it’s coming though)

    • Theodore Nwangene
    • April 8, 2013

    Interesting post as always Sergio,
    Procrastination is what hinders most people and stop them from getting that thing done. They kept saying tomorrow while its obvious that tomorrow will never come.

    I also don’t eat Elephant, but i agree to that quote as well because its the truth. No one can ever climb a tree from the top, you must start from the bottom… Lol.

    Let me go and watch the video, wanted to comment first.

    BTW: Congrats on those interviews man. I finally registered and have also created the niche site i told you about, will write about it on my blog soon.

    The sad news is that Google just disabled my adsense account now that i needed it most. Still searching for a good alternative while waiting for them to reply my appeal.

    Thanks man.

    1. Reply

      LOL man, I couldn’t avoid laughing at the “I also don’t eat Elephant” bit haha

      Anyway thanks man, I wanted to write a blog post on how this interview with Learnable took place but unfortunately I still don’t have some required material from it (screenshots from our call).

      Bummer to hear your Adsense account got disabled, there are other ad networks out there though but unfortunately I don’t have much knowledge on that.

      Thanks for stopping by and congratulations on getting that niche site going, hope to see some earnings from it soon! ;-)

        • Theodore Nwangene
        • April 8, 2013

        Yea my man,
        I don’t eat Elephants either, hahaha.

        I’m still researching for other related adsense alternatives. I just registered with Infolinks and I’m still looking at Kontera.

        Thanks man.

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          Awesome, keep us posted on your results! ;-)

    • Linda
    • April 9, 2013

    Wow – Congrats on the Interview, you are really rocking with them ;-)

    I recently read an eBook and was told to put a sticky note with ONE SMALL goal for the month on your monitor. So, my note was to finish the eBook and I did it!

    Now, to get the next sticky up there and do it!

    I have a lot going on, as I now have a recipe site that coordinates with my site – so between my main site, my blog and now the recipe site – I have a lot going on, but I often feel like it’s going no where, so I have my down days where I don’t get much done.

    And then I am tired a lot, I have been staying up way too late writing articles on a paid site that I recently went back to – that has slacked off too because I need to concentrate on my own stuff and then I have been drinking lots of beer – which is really showing – ugh! I FEEL like an I feel I write better with beer – strange, huh! It’s kinda like a cat chasing their tail here – were I need to make money, so I get it and go spend it on beer and not what I really need it for :P.

    I am trying hard, regardless – just wish I could land on the right planet and get what I want a bit faster.

    Good luck with everything you are working on!

    1. Reply

      Hey Linda, not sure if rocking with the Learnable guys but yeah haha I think I did good and now they’ve rewarded me with an annual membership. ;-)

      Anyway, I think I already told you this before, don’t be so hard on yourself, you have a lot of knowledge and great talents Linda.

      If you think you can’t do something, guess what? Then you can’t because you’re setting yourself up for failure even before getting started.

      As for the beer goes, I really can’t say much there since I love drinking but I can control it when it comes to getting things done.

      I’m not perfect and I do slack from time to time but when I don’t have a choice, I ACT.

      You came here on the weekend (probably Saturday or Sunday) without any plan whatsoever and after a small conversation look at you now…

      Already published your new book from scratch and did sales right on the first day!

      Take care and keep pushing forward Linda, you’ve got this! ;-)

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