Sometimes, trying to stay afloat in the sea of things to do is hard. There are so many requests, so many reports, so many deadlines, so many different things to do, that it becomes overwhelming.
At a certain point, there are so many different tasks that have to be done, that the overhead of switching contexts hogs the majority of your time. It is at this point that my brain completely freezes up and I lose the ability to decide what to do. I just give up, ceasing to get anything done whatsoever.
I give myself a little break before looking at my long "to do" list and reprioritizing. Then I take a deep breath and dive back in, hoping that I can keep my head above water for a little longer this time.