I came back from vacation in Colorado a couple weeks ago to a messy desk and a list of tasks. Instead of diving into responding to emails I cleaned my desk.
It was the best decision I made this month. Cleaning instead of "working" set the pattern of not working immediately when work needed to be done.
I then began working from a clean space, taking each task one at a time, slowly. I'd write tasks down and cross them off. I'd take a deep breath and then slowly evaluate the next task, and then slowly go about completing that task.
I had less mistakes, less stress, and more productivity. My attitude was better and my heart was excited to work.
I've taken this approach to work really seriously, because it's just worked. It's simplicity where things used to be complicated.
My headspace is clear, I'm still accomplishing things and I'm not stressed.
The moral story here is clean your desk. Just kidding, but seriously. Clean your desk, take a deep breath. Subscribe to this. Sit. Take your time making your coffee today.
Slow and steady wins the race.