Liane Davey wrote an article on Medium titled The Problem isn’t Your Workload.
« I’m pretty convinced that thoughtload is a bigger problem than workload. It’s the cognitive and emotional labor, not the physical labor, that’s killing us. »
« What’s burning you out is the narrator in your head who’s worrying incessantly about the things you’re not doing — not to mention the things everybody else is or isn’t doing. »
« I think the secret is to be much more deliberate about what we allow to be in our thoughtload. »
« Focal Activities: These are the projects, tasks, and people that you agree to carry in your thoughtload. These are the spots where you’re on point — the one who’s accountable for making sure things work out well. There’s a heavy thoughtload for focal activities. You should be reflecting, anticipating, planning, and monitoring these things multiple times a day.
Peripheral Activities: These are the projects, tasks, and people that you are aware of and contributing to, but not leading. For these things, you take on tasks when assigned, but it’s a more responsive, rather than proactive approach. You should be noticing, remarking, accomplishing, and supporting these things, but not keeping them in your thoughtload unless triggered by something or someone external.
Hidden Activities: These are the projects, tasks, and people that you have officially and clearly communicated will not be on your radar. You are being transparent with people that you are out-of-the-loop, uninformed, and of no use in making sure that everything is going along tikety-boo. You should be deleting, distributing, and declining these activities to ensure they don’t add to your thoughtload. »
« I’ve been using a Bullet Journal (click here to learn about this awesome technique for managing attention.) It doesn’t matter what technique you use, but the idea is to have a receptacle for that intrusive thought so that you can put it somewhere you know you won’t lose it. With a bullet journal (which logs days, weeks, and months), you can put it straight into the spot where you’ll make time to do it. »
« Since I’ve started actively separating out workload from thoughtload, I’ve been a lot more productive and a lot less stressed. »