Let’s be honest. There are times when we feel like what we have to do is “too much”. We have multiple things that need to be confronted, and some of those things aren’t even totally clear to us. Sometimes our estimation of effort is also unclear, and when we add that to the vagueries of what needs to be done it amounts to headaches and a tired body.
Putting things off definitely only prolongs, and possibly even worsens the potential dangers of not handling the tasks at all. I know this has happened to me more than once. In fact, it’s happened to me recently and I’m just now starting to come out of it.
The first step to handling what needs to be done is to look at it in present time. Make a list of all the little and large tasks you need to handle. Find out what assumptions you’ve made about those tasks that have kept you from addressing them, and get the facts.
Maybe you’ve thought a particular task was going to cost more than it really does. Maybe you thought it would take longer than it will, or maybe you thought it would require seven steps when it really requires three.
Once you have the facts you can work from there to take care of your business. Information is power. Assumptions are weak. Assumptions prevent us from being able to make decisions.
Just having a clear picture of what is expected and required can give us the energy and motivation we need to rise above the sluggish feeling that overwhelms us when there is too much to do. Start with the small tasks and work your way up to the larger tasks. Doing it this way helps you build momentum.
The truth is nothing is too much for us. We only think it is.
-This is Life in the Leap