When we feel like we have too much to do and don’t know where to start, it can definitively create a spark of anxiety. One of the best ways to check tasks off our to-do list is to prioritize tasks. Prioritizing is designating each task a level of importance.
Think of 3 things on your “Things to Do” list that you must complete. For example: completing a school assignment, getting a haircut and going to the grocery store. These three things can be completed in a timely manner, if you focus solely on those three tasks. Rank each task according to the importance of completing the task and complete them in that order.
Having a long check list of things to do can make you feel overwhelmed. Break up your tasks day by day. Only put tasks on a day that they need to be completed (or started). You can also create a monthly to-do list and add bigger projects or tasks that don’t have a definite due date. That way, when you have free time, you can go to your monthly to-do list and add those to your daily list.
Start off small, by only writing 3-4 things on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, whatever works best for you. This can really help you from feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list.
Constantly thinking: “I have way too many things going on right now” can cause us to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and stuck. It demotivates us from wanting to start our list. Learning how to prioritize and keep it simple teaches us to be diligent and avoid procrastination.
Trying this simple, easy skill will help you focus on one thing at the time, allowing your list to be completed and in the end you will be more productive and have a sense of accomplishment.
Diana Rousso is an LMHC, graduated with a Master in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Diana is bilingual (English and Spanish speaking) Mental Health Counselor with 18 years of experience in psychological and emotional wellness.
Diana specializes in Mood disorders such as Depression, and Anxiety. Diana aims to provide specialized care in the areas of parent-child relationship, parent-child attachments, parental alienation, life milestones, life transitions, daily issues, work/career/family-related stress, families going through a divorce, single parenthood issues, lack of assertiveness, and low self-esteem,