This verbal paperwork is what happens when you hit the ground running, before you even have the chance to plan out your day and make an actual list of what needs to be done, and who you need to speak to. It is the thoughts that swirl around in your brain as soon as you wake up and is part of what can also be termed your mental checklist. Yes, it helps to write things down but sometimes it is quicker to solve two or three situations in the same time it takes to fully record one.
Is it a product of being disorganized and/or overworked? I am not sure yet whether I fall into one or both categories. Some so-called experts say that at the end of each day, you should plan your next day. What I find, and I am sure many of you find, is that each day takes on a life of its own and unexpected situations pop up, unplanned meetings have to happen and, of course, crises could be just around the corner.
The ability to handle this verbal paperwork allows you to respond immediately to changes in situations. Having a day planned out too rigidly doesn't guarantee control over the day and it also diminishes the ability to take advantage of opportunities that pop up out of the blue.
Don't despair at the amount of verbal paperwork in your brain and think it impossible to complete. Think instead about the red Queen in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and believe, as she does, in as many as six impossible things before breakfast."