It seems like every day is a struggle between an endless to-do list and a limited amount of time.
This struggle can make us feel extremely overwhelmed, triggering us into habits that are less than productive and that keep us from getting things done.
When the day ends, we then feel a crushing sense of guilt and anger for not having accomplished what we set out to do.
Sounds familiar? Don’t despair! There is a way to get rid of that nasty sense of being overwhelmed by our list of tasks, to feel better towards our goals and to handle and our to-do lists like a pro! Here’s how:
Pick one thing
Feeling overwhelmed often happens when you feel you have too much to do. But here’s the thing: Regardless of how much you have to do, you can only do one thing at a time, period.
Contrary to popular belief, multitasking is not doing more than one thing at a time, but rather stopping one thing and doing another, repeatedly. No matter what, you can only do ONE thing at a time. So pick that one thing and focus on that.
The idea of only doing one thing at a time may seem stressful because it will feel like you’re ignoring important projects that need to get done.
But give it a try! Pick one thing out of your to-do list and tell yourself: I will only focus on this right now until I finish (or until I reach a certain point). Act as if finishing this one thing, and not your entire to-do list at once, is your immediate priority. You will find this raises your productivity because you’ll be able to focus without feeling overwhelmed about everything else you need to do.