I’m not saying that I agree with everything in the article. I am saying that I agree with some of it, and I’m also saying that the mindfulness it triggered is invaluable. At some point I will carry on about the value of reading and educating oneself on the topics of focus and interest, but for now I’ll stick to my point:
What do you do when you feel like you have a to-do list that is a mile long, and no way to attack it?
Would you believe that sometimes making the list longer actually makes you feel less overwhelmed and more productive?
Break things down into manageable blocks that you can tackle in blocks of time that you have available. As you start tackling small blocks in small blocks, you’ll soon see that what you’re doing is creating an inventory of useful blocks—materials you can use to build the life you want. While, volume-wise, you might be inclined to shy away from your extended to-do list, after examining the tasks you’ll realize (and be motivated by) how completely manageable they are. Start getting things done, start checking items off, and before you know it, you’ll have fueled yourself and generated momentum and enthusiasm that will keep you going.
And if you skip items, or check them off without doing them, remember to be gentle with yourself. But don’t forget, the more you do, the more results you’ll see, the more you’ll want to do, the more you’ll believe in yourself and before you know it, you’ll have the life you want. And you won’t be scared of losing it either!