• Amanda R

I feel paralyzed by my to do list


This wasn’t the topic I was planning on discussing for my weekly blog, but today I seemed to wake up and felt overwhelmed and almost paralyzed by all of the things I wanted to accomplish today.


So why not share that with you and how I managed to get through the day.


Sometimes this happens at work and sometimes it’ll happen when I’m at home. I become almost paralyzed and anxious by what I want to accomplish before X timeframe. In today’s case, I had 9 hours to do the following:


- read

- workout

- visit my mom and take Sophie for a walk

- take my daily 10 min walk

- put items on poshmark

- search for other selling apps that take a smaller amount of commissions

- clean the house - vacuum, dust, clean bathrooms, 3 loads of laundry, fix the front door, clean the kitchen

- set up new account for work

- relax

- write/post blog

- 3-2-1 journal


This morning all I could think of was “there’s no way i can get all of this done.“ The all or nothing mindset was beginning to kick in.


I stopped.. grabbed a pad of paper and pen and wrote down everything I was thinking about doing. I took a deep breathe and told myself “it’s OKAY if you do some of your list today and the rest tomorrow and beyond.” When I gave myself permission to do what I can, I was able to prioritize the tasks from quick and easy to the more bigger projects.


Sometimes our minds would like to get ahead of ourselves and make things seem harder than they really are. And that’s when you know you need to take a step back, breathe, and regroup. That’s what I did today.


So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by your to do list, try these 3 easy steps:


1. Slow down and take a deep breath.

2. Grab a pen and paper to write that shit down. Don’t worry about the order you write it in, just get it all out of your head and onto paper.

3. Start with the smallest, quickest tasks first so you can begin crossing things off the list. The action of crossing something off not only FEELS good but seeing it builds confidence and can help you build the momentum you need to get shit done.


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