I can get so overwhelmed with all that is on my to-do list that I shut down and hide. You might have your own avoidance and/or coping methods. But a piece of advice from a favorite speaker of mine has helped me make progress on this bad habit and start to even gain momentum on tackling them.
I may have gone through an entire, jumbo-sized box of tissues in the last week. It’s that time of year, time for colds to move in as the weather gets unpredictable. And along with colds comes the inevitable loss of energy to accomplish much at all. As I struggled to take care of the basics for my kids and my home and my job through my cold-muddled haze, a list started to grow. It’s the list of things I need to take care of but can wait. By the start of this week, the list was getting uncomfortably long.
Sometimes when I get a to-do list that feels overwhelming, I get paralyzed into inaction. Do you do that too? When we look at the HUGE list before us to tackle an odious project or a so many small projects that we feel overwhelmed, we can freeze. Freezing becomes avoiding. And before your know it, you have not tackled anything that needs to get done but you are totally rocking the high score on Candy Crush. Sometimes hiding from what we need to do but don’t want to do feels better than facing it head on.