I remember being overwhelmed every time I’d get my thick textbooks for the new college semester. How was I going to learn all that in just a few months?! I’d always have to remind myself that it was page by page, chapter by chapter–not all in one day.
Similarly, when looking at the vast amount of tasks which need to be accomplished in the coming days, weeks, or months, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed. Sometimes, it causes a certain amount of paralysis as we’re tempted to give up altogether. To just check facebook and check out of life.
However, only one day can be lived at a time no matter who you are and there’s a good way to keep on track without feeling overwhelmed: Make a note of needed tasks (mine’s usually mental), prioritize them, and then list just a few that you will accomplish for the day.
You can do it in the morning, but I prefer to do it the evening. Many times I’ll write it on my bathroom mirror as I mentioned in a previous post. Sometimes, I’ll put a reminder on my phone. Many times I’ll think of what I need to do the next day while I’m in bed and I’ll send an email to myself from my phone so that it will be at the forefront in the morning. (I sleep so deeply that it takes me awhile to wake up. I usually check my emails in the morning as the fog is lifting.)
I’ve checked into quite a few tidy lives and it seems that I’m far from the only one who does this. Better to get a few tasks actually accomplished every day than to have several irons in the fire all at once and nothing ever getting finished properly. It feels good to get some things out of the way every day. Try it for a week and see if you like it!