What do you do when you just dont feel like it? Depression or procrastination or social anxiety can be powerful when it comes to our to-do lists

Adrien Martinez
Depression, anxiety, grieving, procrastination, and chronic illness can all take a toll on the length of your to do list. I have a chronic illness, so I know this one well.

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.

John Dunn
I'd start small. Like, really, stupidly small. "Sit up" (tick). "Get out of bed" (tick). "Put kn clean underpants" (tick).
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. 💛

Noemie Aubert
When I don't feel like doing my to do list for example I take a deep breath and I think about all the benefits of a to do list.

Marius Johansen
The more I don't feel like doing something, the more I realize I really need to do it. I'm a very cerebral kind of person, so thinking about why I don't want to do a particular thing, or better yet, why I originally wanted to accomplish that particular item, can be very motivating and enlightening for me. But really when it comes down to it, I work best when I don't allow any excuse, even a good one, from interfering with my success. Just do it, no matter what. The more you raise the priority of your success the more success you'll have, and oftentimes depression and anxiety will recede.

Silvestre Teixeira
Sleep in to long sometimes it's ok but when it becomes everyday then I seem to get behing. Sit around, munch, get behind and dream about doing things tomorrow and hope to but think about possibly failing again the next day.

Norman Sanders
Nope – a scientific study has shown that it doesn't really matter when you eat – if it works for you and you're feeling good, keep it up!

Arif Schwarz
The thing is I usually succumb to it so I don't usually make the right choice or or get better and the situation but eventually I come out of it so that's the light at the end of the tunnel

Emily Hamilton
Procrastinate until i have no time to do it and use thatas an excuse to not feel bad about skipping something i would like to do!

Astrid Mortensen
I always ask myself “Does this HAVE to get done today?” If the answer is yes, then the consequences are usually worse than whatever it is I have to do. If the answer is no, then I don’t have to stress myself in getting it done.

Nurten Hummel
Sleep longer when I should get out of bed. Let my thoughts drift when I’m supposed to be studying. Procrastinate in general.

Alison Burke
Try to remember the reason why you have to do it. How will you benefit from doing it? May others be damaged by me not doing it? Once you started, it's easier to keep going. Hope I was able to help you. Good luck.

Lance Miles
Treat time like it's money and you'll get everything done. I won't lie I still procrastinate a little and have major social anxiety and a little influence of depression on me but I know if I want my troubles to go way then I need to complete my to do list complete tasks that I need to and knowing that helps me reach my goals in the end.

Lea Sørensen
When I don't feel like doing something in the moment I ask myself why that is. Am I being lazy? Scared? In a bad mood? I try to change my reason for not wanting to do it and come back to it later when I feel better. If I wake up feeling like that I will allow myself only to be in that state for a while or it will affect my entire dat.

Jeremiah Kelley
I start with one small step of one small task. When I complete that I usually get motivation to do more.

Henryk Kinder
I try to take a moment to clear my head. Now, I believe would be a good time for a breathing exercise or a short meditation session. Then I refocus and think about why are the things I wrote on the list important for me to complete and start back at it.

Guy Meyer
I don't have a thing to motivate me to be stronger and get over it, so I stay on bed and feel lazy and also sometimes I don't eat my meal.

Susie Hudson
I confused with others problems mather or friends starts solving their problems, I start living on their directions b/c they feed me or they will live me, I dualt myself b/c it's needs some uncomfortable things. My body refused to do it and my mind find out what did I done wrong in my past.

Rose Aubert
I just try to do something and not stress about it. If I let the amount of tasks on my list overwhelm me, it will affect my ability to complete them. So one day I might do 10 but the next I might do 2. I just have to focus on what I've accomplished no matter how little it is and each day focus on what I can do and not feel forced to complete these goals. If not being able to complete the list makes you feel bad, then it becomes a burden as opposed to something positive. So take baby steps if you have to and be proud of each goal.

Gino Monteiro
I still try to write a list every day, even if it's a short one. For me, perhaps the most helpful part is prioritizing my tasks. That way I know what I absolutely must focus on (the "A" tasks). Also, paradoxical though it may seem, I add a couple or a few "easy" tasks that I'm sure I can accomplish and check off. I also find it helpful to try to estimate how much each task is going to take to accomplish. Then I compare it, post completion, to how long it actually took to do.

Julio George
Self compassion tools and exercises by Kristen Neff. Not pressuring myself has actually become the most crucial way in which I feel motivation because when I was down and couldn't or wouldn't do things I would only get more down on myself by saying I should or need to do something. Being compassionate and understanding and kind to myself through struggles has allowed me to slowly become more self regulated when I view to-do lists instead of daunted and discouraged by past failures and self loathing. Meditation is another long term tool I'm using to help with this process.

Darlene Graves
First of all keep it simple. That's the most important part. Keeping it simple helps to go through the list. Don't go too much into details. Life is supposed to be unexpected. So you will have to push in some new variable each day, but your core items must not change. That's the secret.

Maya Ortiz
Sometimes I rearrange my to do list. Instead of doing a bunch of exhausting chores, I'll do at least 3. 3 is my magic number because usually it includes the essentials like: dishes, laundry, and cleaning off the counters

Alan Lawrence
I always think the ability to recognize there is a choice is important.
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