My approach is to keep a list of worthwhile tasks I can do in bed – lying down, even. I also keep a meditation app on my phone, because I figure time spent getting in touch with the here and now expands the time available to me in the future. Finally, if I can't do anything else, I do "blue sky thinking" – brainstorming about the future with an "if there were no obstacles" mindset.
Then I give myself a time limit for being out – anywhere from 5 minutes to a week! Knowing it won't last forever keeps me moving.
- Alternatives ways to manage to do lists?
- How many lists do I need to have in order to keep up my motivation?
- Some tasks just seem to stay on my list day after day until I complete them. Any advice how to tackle them faster?
- How do you write to-do lists every day and do those things?
- When you miss things on your to-do list for the day. How do you handle it?
Just a small sense of achievement can trigger positive feelings, helping us realise we can do these tiny things, and adding to our sense of achievement as we navigate a tough day, week, or month, by celebrating the tiny victories. Never mind getting through a whole mountain of washing – even putting onenloadbon tonwash, or folding / putting away all your socks, is doable, and doesnt carry with it any big threat of failure. From there, when you're feeling stronger and better able to tackle things, you can move on to the bigger, meatier tasks.
Don't be hard on yourself, meanwhile. It doesn't matter how "together" other people seem, they're messing things up just as much, they're just not letting you see it. 💛
I can do this or that but I am the one choosing.
To realize that I am feeling like not doing something is a feeling, the same as feeling like doing something. May be the point is to just be aware of the feeling
- What happens when you don’t have anything to do?
- Share your to do list templates/techniques
- How can I effectively stick to my to do list?
- What do you do when you don’t complete everything on your to do list? How do you not feel defeated?
- What to do items can you make into routines or habits instead?
- How do you balance making your to do list both feasible and inspiring? (If my to do list is only things I know I can get done in a day it is too simple and makes me not feel like I will achieve the things I want to
- I’m interested to know how many todo lists others have
- How far should I scale back my expectations when I fail? What if I fail every time for the rest of my life?
- How many items do you write in your To-do?
- How do you make time for yourself with 5 kids and a husband who works 12-14 hours a day?