As a productivity nerd, I spent years honing my task management system so that I never missed a thing, but despite all my organization, I'd still find myself scrambling to prepare for a meeting or losing track of my top tasks once my day began and the chaos began creeping in.
You've uncovered a valuable mind hack. There's a reason we have so many catchphrases like paralysis by analysis; out of sight, out of mind; a watched pot never boils...biting off more than you can chew.
By focusing on a small subset, you get out of busyness (organizing/reviewing to-do lists) and down to business (work product.)
By the way, was that cut-away to man on sabbatical actually you? 😁