How to Kill the Backlog -- Forever!

August 25, 2014 3:11 PM

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How to Kill the Backlog -- Forever!

Stacks of unopened mail, a bedroom chair covered with discarded clothes, piles to file, an endless to-do list, a maxed out credit card and that five pounds you've been trying to lose forever -- life's backlogs are a major cause of stress, eating away at our sense of well-being, hampering our productivity and casting a shadow over our free time so that it never really feels "free." Some weekend soon, we tell ourselves, we will finally catch up and be able to live in the present moment. One day, someday, we will get it together, vanquish our backlogs and live fit, neat and organized.

Fuhgeddaboudit! You could spend hours of weekend time attacking those backlogs, and it wouldn't make a difference for more than a few weeks (remember the last time you cleaned off your desk, organized your drawers or went on a crash diet?). Your problem isn't finding time to clear your backlog, your...

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