In a world where multitasking is the norm and time is a precious commodity, the concept of a to-do list has become an indispensable tool for individuals juggling professional demands and personal challenges. However, when that to-do list seems out of control and never ending, it can cause more dread than help. For cancer patients and survivors dealing with brain fog/”chemo-brain” this can feel especially challenging.
A recent Fast Company's article, "This Is How Your To-Do List Is Making Your Productivity Tank," sheds light on the intricacies of effective task management for those seeking to optimize their work-life balance. They explain that the allure of a to-do list lies in its promise of structure and organization. But, when the list becomes overly lengthy or lacks prioritization, it transforms from a productivity tool into a source of stress. To combat this, they recommend examining that list, figuring out how much time each task will take, and what their priority is. Once you have successfully categorized your list, schedule time on your calendar to complete each task, including time for unforeseen tasks that will inevitably pop up. For someone trying to manage the side effects of treatment, scheduling time for brain breaks can also be very helpful to keep from feeling overwhelmed and achieve their work goals.
For more tips on how to reduce cognitive challenges on the job, download a copy of our one-sheet on “Ways to Counteract ‘Chemo Brain’ at Work.” Additionally, make sure to consult the At Work and Looking for Work sections of our website. And be sure to check out our free tools and publications.