The best way to get started on your to-do list is just to start.
It sounds so simple, but it’s true!
But you’re still asking ‘HOW? Because my to-do list is a mile long and I have no idea where to start!’
Okay. I hear you. I’ve been there, and I’ve got some tips for you.
Step one – write down everything.
Yes – everything. Everything you need to do – biz related, housework related, everything you can think of that you need or want to do, write it down in a list. You can use pen and paper, whiteboard, an online tool – whatever works for you.
This is always my first step when I’m feeling overwhelmed. I write down absolutely everything I can think of that needs to get done.
Why do I start by writing everything down, when I could just start one of the things on the list already? Because usually, I have a million things running around in my head bumping into each other and causing me stress. Once I’ve written them all down, my mind is a lot clearer, and I can look at things objectively to come up with a game plan.
Try it. Even if you’re not usually a List Person like I am, give it a go and see how it feels.
Once you’ve written out your to-do list, then you can decide how to approach it. Do you want to tackle the quick, easy tasks first, so you feel like you’re achieving a lot? Can you delegate some of these tasks to other members of your family or your team?
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE crossing things off my to-do list. It makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something, even if I’m only crossing off a couple of easy things! Then I have momentum to get the rest of it done.
If you’re still feeling overwhelmed after you have a written to-do list, I’d love for you to download my free e-book, Overcoming Overwhelm. You can sign up for it right at the bottom of this post, and I guarantee the five steps I talk about will bring clarity and peace.