There is a theory in criminology called Broken Windows Theory. The idea goes like this: If a building has broken windows that go un-repaired for a length of time, chances are that vandals will break more of the windows. Later, they may break into the building or set it on fire.
You might think you lack control of your daily life because you have too much work to do. But, as with so many things, perception is not always reality.
We perceive that we have too many tasks to complete because we don’t actually know how many tasks we have to complete. This perception of being overwhelmed with work feeds on itself, compounding the problem.