Feeling a bit overwhelmed and overworked lately?
It’s time to lose that mind-numbing, energy-sapping feeling. It just takes a pad of paper and a pen. The number one thing you can do to help reduce stress is to…
Create a list. Write down (on paper) everything you need to do. This is critical, because a big part of being overwhelmed is the mental energy of constantly thinking/remembering all the things you need to do. Once you’ve written it all down, you will release the need to remember, and the fear of forgetting, and a huge chunk of the stress will go away.
By the end of the day, your to-do list has likely changed. Some tasks will be complete, others will be partially complete. Redo your list at the end of the day, taking into account all the changes that have been made. This will help you see exactly what you accomplished during the day. It will also keep you moving forward with what must be accomplished next. If you end the day with items still on your to-do list, you can get started on your highest priority right away the next day.
The simple acts of creating a list and then marking off your accomplishments during the day can open your eyes to all that you are really accomplishing.