Do One Thing
Do you feel overwhelmed? Just finishing a project, however small, will increase your confidence and give you energy.
Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by the vast gulf that lies between my current life and my desired life, and so incapable of crossing it, that I just want to climb into bed and hide. I’ve noticed that I get this feeling most when working on projects that don’t end quickly, like writing a book or job hunting. I can plug away at the job search for hours, but until I find a job, it feels like I’ve spent my day wadding up paper and tossing it into a black hole. The same goes for large creative projects: no matter how much time I put in, there is no quick reward or feeling of accomplishment, which makes me feel like I’m not making any progress.
I’ve found a way to deal with this feeling of being so unproductive: do one thing. Just one. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you finish it. Ideally, it will be something that takes 5 minutes or less. Sweeping the kitchen is a good one, or doing the dishes. Maybe you bought an exercise ball but haven’t inflated it yet: do that. Take your dog for a walk. Pick up your prescription at the pharmacy. Find three things to give away. Just pick one 5-minute task and see it through.
Doing one small task might lead you to other small tasks which you can cross off in quick succession. Each completed task will give you a little mood boost, especially if you write them down and cross them off your list. (If you’re prone to distraction, you may want to set a timer to call you back to your main project.) With a few small accomplishments under your belt, you’ll feel more capable of seeing things through, and won’t have to seek that validation from finishing the larger projects. Then you can re-approach them with a sense of confidence and playfulness.
In the comments below, let me know how it works for you!
Atira Zeoli- Contributing writer for IfiKnew.org