No one wants to be overwhelmed by the number of difficult tasks they need to do every day. Sometimes, you think your boss hates you so they’re cramming your schedule impossibly full. But is it really your employer who’s overwhelming you or do you just don’t know how to tackle the big things because you don’t know where to start?
Here’s a tip: start with the little things.
Call Your Friends
This is not related to you accomplishing your big tasks, but the way you feel after catching up with your friends will help you tackle your job with more confidence. Friends lift up your spirits and share in your pain. They are your support system, which is exactly what you need when you feel like you have an impossible mission.
Calling your friends and getting those plans out of the way is another way to free up your mind and prepare for your big tasks. There might be get-togethers you’ve been putting off or you might not know how to reply to a friend’s invitation to get drinks. It’s okay that you have to decline their invitation, but get this out of the way. It’s been sitting there unresolved in the back of your mind, adding to your anxiety. Make that call and check one thing off your list.
Make Your Bed
Your day could end badly because of a million reasons, but it would be nice to come home to a bed you made that morning. When you start your day with simple tasks such as making your bed, you’re telling yourself not to sweat the small stuff. You’re also reminding yourself that you’re important and that you have to take care of yourself no matter how busy you are. Getting into the habit of making your bed is as important as setting aside time to buy your favorite books or go face mask online shopping. They enrich your life and put yourself first–something that is sometimes hard to do when you’re too busy with work. But when you don’t put yourself first, you find less motivation to do what needs to be done.
Do the Dishes
When you wake up to a chaotic room and proceed to the kitchen to see more chaos, your mood suffers. And you haven’t even left the house yet! Knowing that you have big tasks ahead only add to that overwhelming feeling. You find that throughout the day, you feel distracted, unmotivated, and even a little grumpy. You don’t realize what’s causing this is the state of disorder surrounding you. Be more aware of how you take care of your surroundings because they affect your mood more than you realize. Do the dishes, keep the bathroom clean, and clean your workspace. If you add these into your schedule regularly, they will not feel like such a waste of time and you will be in a better mood after you’ve done them.
Work takes up a lot of your time, and if it’s a busy day, it’s understandable that you don’t know where to start. Next time you feel overwhelmed, do the small things to get in the right mindset.