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To-do or not-to-do list?

Do you spend more time thinking about the things that you need to do than doing the tasks? 

Are you feeling anxious or nervous long before actually working your way through your to-do list?

As you are moving on with your career, growing your business, growing your personal life, having a family and kids, you are having more responsibilities in life and you need to get more things done. In order to follow up on all the things to be done, you probably prefer to have a to-do list because they are so convenient.

Whether they are written down in a notebook or memorized, to-do lists can turn into the cause of emotional pressure for many people. They tend to see their list as a burden and some of their thoughts around it can be:

“There are so many things that I need to do”

“I am not able to do all those things”

“This is never-ending, when will I take a break?”.

Eventually, because of their thoughts about them, the lists make them feel overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious. One of the features of to-do lists is that as people complete tasks on those lists, there is always a new task getting on it. Therefore, they will always have things to do and the list will keep bothering them. 

It is interesting to see that the negative emotions are linked to the actual existence of the list rather than the content of the list. Even when the tasks on the list are simple and easily doable in people’s capacities, the list as a whole becomes a disturbance for them because it keeps their mind busy all the time reminding constantly that there are many things they need to do.

I am advising two ways to get over those negative feelings attached to your to-do list.

Changing your perspective about your to-do list is the first one. Ask yourself this question;

How can I interpret this to-do list differently? 

My personal answer to this question is to-do list is evidence of my growth. I would like to hear your answer. 

My second advice is about taking action. Once you make a to-do list, allocate a certain time for all tasks, and transfer the tasks to your calendar. Your to-do list will be transformed into a scheduled plan and the physical existence of it will disappear. And you repeat this as you get new to-do lists with new tasks. This will take all the burden of thinking all the time that you have so much to do. 

Let me know your thoughts on this in the comment section below and share this post with people you believe will benefit from it.  

Have a great day!   

Ferruh Tumer

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