In times like these, EVERYTHING can seem overwhelming. You’re constantly being pulled in different directions by work, family, and needing a few minutes of alone time. And then there’s the stress of what’s going on around us. It’s enough to make you want to ignore the world and zone out to some Tiger King.
Making lists helps you visualize everything instead of just thinking, “I have so much to do, I don’t know where to start!” (Plus, getting to check things off is a GREAT feeling!) Before you go to bed at night, make a list of what you want to accomplish the next day. Include work tasks that need to be completed, but also add in things like do a craft with the kids, clean the bathroom, do 15 minutes of yoga. That way you’re getting some balance in your day. Put a star next to the things that NEED to happen, and then go from there. (If it isn’t practical to do the most important things first, at least schedule the time where it will happen.)
At the end of the day, give yourself a pat on the back (or a glass of wine and some chocolate) to celebrate the things you accomplished. And if you didn’t get to something, don’t beat yourself up. Add it to the list for tomorrow.