Yes, we sometimes feel that if we sit down, make a list, an organized list, we’ll be much more productive and get our tasks done faster. I agree with this. However, sometimes we can take it too far. We end up spending more time making the list/ plan than doing the task(s).
If you are prone to spending more time making plans and lists than taking action, try this key: Include making the list/plan as one of your tasks. Start with a quick, random, roughly written list that you scribble down (standing up!).
Read my post on getting started: Step One: Do one thing
If you have a roughly written list of the things in your head, you’ve gotten them out of your head onto paper. That’s mental de-cluttering in itself.
As you make your way through your tasks, step by step, write any other thing that comes into your mind on that piece of paper. Just don’t make extra clutter on your page and write useless things that are part of your daily routine, you’ll naturally move onto that task without having to read it off a page.
The main advice here is: don’t spend too long making an organized list. Take action and get going.