Overwhelmed with to-dos?
So as not to forget all the things you want to take care of, you create a to-do list.
Does this happen to you?
How about trying these techniques to overcome your overwhelmed state?
Sit quietly and quiet your mind
The quieting of the mind allows you to let go of worry and self-doubt long enough to feel an upsurge in energy. A calmer mind makes it easier to take on the demands of the day.
Prioritize on the basis of which ‘hurts’ the most
Choose the three to-dos that cause you the most grief, discomfort and irritation. Devote a set amount of time daily to tackle them (e.g., 3x20 minutes = 60 min). The reasoning goes like this: by working through the most uncomfortable choices on your to-do-list, you get the biggest rush of freedom and release when they're worked on. By doing this you train yourself to be like a compass pointing to the places/tasks where all of your energy is stored up in guilt, paralysis and overwhelm. If you choose by discomfort index you're energized instead of stuck or burdened.
Prioritize on the basis of which ‘hurts’ the least
Choose the three to-dos that require the least amount of effort and devote a set amount of time daily to tackle them (e.g., 3x20 minutes = 60 min). The reasoning goes like this: by working through the easiest to-dos, you get an unusual sense of accomplishment, which encourages you to do more.
Create different lists for different to-dos
Have a different list for the major areas of your life; home, work, shopping, family and personal bucket list. This way you can see clearly what has to be done and in which category. A focused list can be prioritized.
Just do it
Look at your list each day and do something so that you can cross it off and be done with it. Your list stays lean. Then, the problem doesn’t arise and you feel good about yourself.
Don’t make to-do lists
If all things fail, avoid making lists.Too many to-dos means you DO NOT do.
How do you get things done and avoid the to-do list meltdown?
Let me know.
Keep you posted,
29/6/2013 01:10:40 pm
Looking at a long to-do list can be so daunting… the sheer size of it blocks out the sun.
30/6/2013 04:07:27 am
Ironically, I received notification of this post while creating a to do list! I'm a firm believer in the to do list as it allows me to empty my brain of these items...but I have learned to include 'easy wins' that I can cross off to keep motivated. This doesn't however stop me from waking at 2 am worried about something I have to do. I think the breathing exercise might work at these times!
1/7/2013 06:50:54 am
Please, let me know how the breathing easy works for you!
10/7/2013 05:47:14 am
The quietening the mind process has had a tremendous impact on my day. I schedule time, both in the morning and towards the end of my work day, to breath and center myself. As a result, I don't feel like I am constantly "spinning" and overwhelmed while at work.
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