Our days are filled with a list of to-dos, even down to the basic necessities and routines of daily living. We are often faced with the stress and anxiety that accompanies the list of to-dos and don’t know where to start. As it’s easy to slip into a spiral of procrastination, it is best to just start somewhere.
Writing down your list of to-dos is a great start. However, breaking those to-dos down into smaller, manageable pieces can result in more tasks finished, a framework of what all needs to be done, and a sweet dopamine boost of crossing off an item on your list.
Break Tasks Down into Smaller Pieces
Subconsciously, we perform the smaller tasks without knowing it. “Getting ready” involves so many steps, but we often see it as one to-do, rather than viewing it as the smaller tasks — brushing your teeth, skincare, getting dressed. The same goes for a day at the office. “Answer emails” can be broken down into smaller tasks — read new emails, reply to time-sensitive emails first, star or mark the emails that you can save for later.
If at any time you feel uncomfortable, unconfident, or unsure of what move to make next, step back and look at your to-do list. Ask yourself: What can be moved to another day? Can a task be simplified? What can I delegate? What do I need help with? Monitor and adjust.
Reevaluate your list at the end of the week and take note of what was accomplished and what wasn’t. Consider making a smaller list next week that reflects a more realistic number of tasks you are able to complete, based on your time available.
Take one step at a time and celebrate each completed task along the way!
How We Can Help:
Here at Choices for Life, we have a wide variety of services that may help someone in dealing with stressful situations and anxiety. We offer outpatient services, counseling, therapeutic foster care, intensive family care, and an extensive list of resources for you to use. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We are happy to help.