I am so behind on both professional and personal paperwork that I actually had to take a week off just to catch up. It seems ridiculous and counterintuitive to have to use holiday time to make your work life easier - but I had no choice. When I get behind at work, more and more things keep flying at me until I'm so far underwater I can't breathe. And the only way to make it stop is just to leave.
That way, I am able to focus on some fundamental tasks and complete them without other things piling up on me at the same time.
I do take my mornings for myself - usually involving a long walk, breakfast, and newspaper reading (like that's supposed to relax me, but whatever) and then come home and tackle my desk.
It took me the better part of yesterday just to sort papers into piles: personal receipts, work expense receipts (I still have unreimbursed cash expenses going back to March), bills to pay, things to file, other work papers, and other personal to-do items.
This afternoon, after I finish babbling about it here on the blog, I will tackle my unpaid bills and work expense reports.
Oh, but a colleague just called with an emergency he needs help with! In his defense, he's a gem of a guy and I did tell him he could call my personal phone if he was in a bind.
It's nice to be needed. Said every dumb person ever.