Make overwhelming to-do lists less whelming by interspersing it with the mundane. For example:
Coffee with Beth.
Buy postage stamps and paper clips for office.
Make/Save enough money to go to Costa Rica or Bangladesh in two months.
Return library books.
Write 10,000 words.
Run three miles.
Hulu Modern Family & 30 Rock while house sitting.
...I wonder if Obama has a similar formula?