Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My To-Do List Has Me Overwhelmed

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I've been motivated lately to be more productive and more organized. In trying to accomplish both things, I've been making more to-do lists. There are blog posts to write and schedule, sewing projects to complete, videos to film and edit, rooms to clean, laundry to wash... you get the idea.

It's not that making the to-do list puts more pressure on me to do things, or creates more work. It's just... Writing down the things I mean to do reminds me of all the other things I mean to do. So I write those things down, and then those things remind me of others... and so on. Once I start thinking of the amount of work I need to do as a whole, it overwhelms and pretty much paralyzes me from any form of productivity (unless you count checking Twitter as being productive).

I've used lots of different strategies in the past to get through (or over) this hurdle. Using a timer, setting deadlines, focusing only on the most important tasks. In the end, it just comes down to this: Pick something and do it. Repeat.

So that's my plan for the rest of the day. What's on your to-do list? Or what is your favorite way to procrastinate? (I'd love to use "reading comments on this post" as an excuse to take another break from my work!)

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