The time management tip of aiming to handle paper only once is often difficult to achieve. Some issues on the paper may require consultation with others who may not be immediately available; some issues may require research and getting back to; some issues may require quality thinking time before deciding what to do about them…so an immediate deal to it and let it go approach may not be possible for good reason. Like any useful tip,
How do you feel most days – vibrant and energetic or jaded, slow and simply getting through the days, worried about things in particular or more generally, the state of the country or the planet? Have you lost sight of what really makes your heart sing? Some words from Howard Thurman are worth considering – "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive".
One of my favourite phrases and coaching tips, if you could call it that, is that it may be time to "get over yourself". Without supporting context it sounds rather bald but in the context of some coaching conversations, it's anything but. As individuals concerned with things or mulling over options, it is easy to analyse things to the point of paralysis then become completely stuck, caught in the rip tide of what-ifs and maybes.
A colleague passed on this pithy saying that's so good it needs to be shared: It's your attitude, not your aptitude that will determine your altitude in life. It makes you think, for sure. What's your attitude like towards yourself, others, your work and life in general?