Feeling Overwhelmed by Your To-Do List? Try This.
I admit it. I’m a geek when it comes to to-do lists. They help me get organized, stay focused and feel productive. (Sometimes I'll even add items that I’ve already completed that day just so I can check off the boxes I draw next to them!) But lately, my list has been growing faster than I’ve been able to check items off.
I’ve been feeling scatterbrained; like I’m being pulled in many different directions.
I keep looking at the items on the list, but can’t seem to get myself to complete them so that I can check them off once and for all!
If you can relate, I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that somewhere in your home, you’re dealing with a bunny issue.
Say what? Yes, I’ve come to realize that what has been keeping me from being productive are our bunnies.
OK, not real bunnies.
More like dust bunnies.
You see, we recently got a shaggy, fur rug and it looks really nice, but geez, it’s also pretty high maintenance.
And if we don’t vacuum at least every three days, these bunnies, much like the real kind, seem to grow at an exponential rate.
They hang out around the baseboards and in corners of the rooms, and I can’t help but notice them every time I walk past them.
But for whatever reason, rather than sweeping them up or vacuuming them, which would probably take me all of five minutes to do, I just walk right past them.
And whether it’s dust bunnies, a pile of clothes, or even just a vacuum that you’ve been meaning to put away, I'm betting that somewhere in your home, you also have something that is nagging you.
Whatever form it may take in your home, the fact that it’s there in plain sight is draining your energy.
Because every time you walk by it, whether you try to think about it or not, your body senses it. It keeps track of it. It’s thinking, Oh, I should put that away. Ugh, I should really vacuum.
It’s another thing that your mind is keeping track of; another item to add to your mental to-do list.
When your mind has to keep an ever growing list of to-do’s, your mental energy gets zapped because it now needs to focus on tracking rather than doing.
It’s like when you go to a meeting only to talk about and plan for another meeting. It’s not very efficient.
Here is a simple tip to end this cycle of endless tracking and get back to doing: when you see something, do something.
If you see something that needs to be done, just do it right away. See dust bunnies? Sweep them up. Got new mail? Open and sort through them right away.
Because not doing so will add to your mental clutter. Not to mention that the time and energy you’ll be spending tracking these to-do’s will probably add up to more time and energy than it would’ve taken for you to just take care of them right away.
So when you see something, do something.
Here's a bonus tip from Ms. Martha Stewart (the queen of home keeping and all things crafty): whenever you leave a room, turn around and take a quick look for anything that isn’t where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs.
This sounds simple, but it really does work.
Maybe you’ve been meaning to complete the training module you’ve been putting off, or write a blog post to share your ideas with the world. But every time, you think about doing it, you’re reminded of the other things that you still need to do and you end up skipping yet another week.
If you can take care of the simple to-do's in your space, you'll find that you'll be able to take care of your other to-do's as well.
You’ll have more clarity, spaciousness and energy to complete your tasks and do the things you want to do the most.
Now it’s your turn…
Look around your space for your dust bunny, the one thing you’ve been keeping around in your home and on your mind rather than just tackling it? Share in the comments below what it is and when you plan to tackle it. And after you've taken care of it, come back and share how that has helped you in tackling other things in your life. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Thanks for reading!