I read an assertion in an article several years ago (can’t even remember where) that suggested catching up should NOT be one of our goals.
The author posited that a better and healthier approach is to view the myriad of tasks, projects, deadlines, reports, calls, emails, etc., which we almost always face (in one form or another), as a pliable to-do list, not a get-it-done-immediately list.
The goal is to simply aim for being less behind (knowing, and admitting, that we'll never get it finished).
I adopted that philosophy and have found it to be a better approach to complex and high-volume living.
We’ll never “get there.” We can, however, chip away at it.
Disclaimer: This is not a rationalization for procrastination. It does, however, offer the prospect of achieving some balance in life (which is always a challenge, for me anyway).
As the old saw relates, in response to the question, “How do you eat an elephant?”
“One bite at a time.”