An interesting phenomenon occurred a couple of days ago when I was looking at a huge to-do list for the day and got a little overwhelmed. Unlike many people, I am not one for a large amount of task overwhelm. When I look at my to-do list, I generally am okay with what I see but the problem on this day was that I was doing something outside of my normal scope of work.
I usually am just a content creator who eventually planned on becoming someone who did client work. The problem is at the start of the morning I'm referring to I ended up having to figure out what making a contract looked like, what sending invoices looked like and other kinds of “bussinessy” things.
The to-do list looked large but was pretty small in actuality considering how long a lot of the tasks would actually take. 15 minutes here, 10 minutes there, that’s not too much when you think about it in that manner. The problem was that I was not going to look at anything but the size of the to-do list until I stepped away from it for a bit. would. I needed to take a breather from my to-do list and that breather can be found through working out, taking a walk, or relaxing with a favorite beverage of your choice.
What you CAN NOT do is allow the anxiety to overwhelm you. The main thing here to remember is that you are not somebody who is easily overcome by stress. Don't think of yourself that way, and don't believe that's what's going to happen to you.
Anytime you have a large to-do list, allow yourself to feel overwhelmed for a brief moment, and then find a way to go into a calm state. Take yourself away from the situation and understand that there are a lot of great things that are going to happen in your day and all you need to do is take it all one step at a time. Not everything is urgent, and most definitely not everything is important.
Sure, there are going to be more stressful times than others, but I'm talking about the day-to-day stresses that come up when you see a large to-do list. Delegating tasks to other days or to other people, tackle a few small tasks right away, and before you know it your 20 task list is down to 5 and you will calm down even more.
Taking a breather was all you needed to realize how easy it was to tackle that list.
Have an awesome week!
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