What is a day if not a list of things to get done?
And it's even easier to continue adding to the list. But naturally there are only so many hours in the day and some of them are best spent sleeping, preparing for that brand new day.
Author David Allen says the problem with all this juggling in the present is "the future never shows up." The present is everything, so we need to harness it. And every few months or so I ironically remember David Allen already figured this all out in his book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Allen created a system to keep the mind clear and attentive to the present while, ahem, getting things done.
Write things down. It's as idiot-simple as that.
It turns out the human mind likes to close those loops, whether or not we're consciously aware of them. Will Schoder tackles this phenomenon in the video This psychological effect controls your life... The Zeigarnik Effect is the human desire to close the loop on an unfinished task and the subconscious drain we experience when we don't. It's the reason we're drawn to cliff-hangers, clickbait, and everything else David Allen tried to warn us about.
And in the end, Schoder makes an interesting point that this might be the very reason we are who we are at all: