How to avoid being flooded with obligations and deadlines? According to Bob Walsh in Lifehack.org, the trick is to focus on doing less.
“So there you are with your Today list, your to-do list, your project lists, your house list, your calls list and even your list of lists. You know each and ever one of the 49 things you want to accomplish today. There’s only one small problem: come the end of the day you’ve accomplished zip. What went wrong?