Don’t Let the Small Things Take You Down

Have you ever been caught up with so many little things that you don’t know what you should be doing next? It is easy to get bogged down by a huge to do list that you can be paralyzed. I have been in that trap several times. I see a list of over 50 things and get distracted just by wondering what I should be doing next. This is a trap that anyone can fall into, whether or not you keep a to do list and can happen if you are not that busy. Your perception also plays a large role in this. However, it is generally agreed upon that a high quantity of to dos can easily bog you down. Here are a few ways on how to limit them from taking you down with them.

  1. Have a to do list. First step to not getting overwhelmed by small tasks is awareness of them. You should have some kind of to do list or other system that will help you stay aware of what needs to be done.

  2. Have a steady routine and schedule. When you have a regular routine and schedule in place, it is easier to not get overwhelmed. This will only work if you are able to have a steady some routine. Also take note, that some people are much better at this than others. 

  3. Take a step back and look at the big picture. We can all get caught up in the weeds sometimes. When we get overwhelmed, it does us well to look at the big picture and why we are working for what you are working towards.

  4. Keep Moving Forward. One thing to keep in mind when you have a hundred little things to do, is to keep moving forward. You must accept that you won’t get everything done, but you can get a good number of small things done to shrink the list. 

There are many things to keep in mind when you are working towards a goal. It is important to stay focused on that goal and not get too caught up in little things that every day life throws to us. Life gets crazy for all of us, but with a good system in place, we can stay on top of it all.