Organize Your Thoughts
Updated: Jun 1, 2020
Have you ever been paralyzed with anxiety? You have so many things to do and it feels like no time to do any of it. I've felt like this on numerous occasions.
And the best way to do this was by organizing my thoughts.
I know what you may be saying, I don't have time for that! Trust me, you don't have time for anxiety and this is your ticket out of that.
What you'll need:
Several pieces of notebook paper, construction paper, a whiteboard or a legal pad and your favorite writing utensil.
Set a timer for 5 minutes and write down every to do in your head. Don't worry about order or length of time it will take you to complete the task, just get it on paper. (think to feed the dog, paint the house, pay the bills, buy the birthday present, start a blog, all of it)
You now realize that 5 minutes is a lot longer than you first thought and you have a pretty significant list before you. Now get out 3 sheets of paper or divide a whiteboard into 3 sections.
Dream List -Tasks you would like to do over the next year or two.
30 Day List - Tasks you want or have to accomplish in the next month.
Action List - Tasks you must accomplish today.
Looking at your long list of tasks you will put each in one of these categories. You may even go through the list quickly and see a laundry list of items you want to put in one category or another.
Get started. Mark items off that action list like a boss! Doesn't that feel great? This is the power of momentum and how I want you to feel daily.
Tomorrow creates a new action list from your 30-day list, keep carrying items over until the 30 days have passed.
Reevaluate the 30 day and dream lists monthly to move items into their new category so you get things accomplished and stop living in analysis paralysis.
Here's an example of what mine looked like in December 2017 when I started doing this. I'm happy to report everything in the 30-day list was all accomplished and even some dream items are coming to fruition. You'll notice I listed everything personal and business. I have to have a brain dump all in one place or my anxiety will creep back in.