5 Ways to Stop being Paralyzed by your To-Do List

Hey loves,

If I look beyond disturbed in these photos that is because I was haha.

I was hot #sweatstache and people kept buggin’ while I was trying to give myself a shoot haha.

Anyway, I’m sure a lot of you are like me, and have these long to-do lists of dreams and goals that you want to achieve.

My goals include:

  • Posting 2 blog posts a week and 1 video
  • Being the best that I can be at my job
  • Improving my French skills
  • Working out 5x a week
  • Maintaining a neat apartment
  • Working on my free lance business
  • Clean eating
  • Not to mention to be a good friend, daughter, sister, girl friend and colleague, oh and auntie to Miu hahaaha

This is all very exciting, but at times, in the midst of wanting to juggle all of these things, I drop every single ball…

It seems like the longer the to-do list, the more I am confused, disorganized, then paralyzed by the thought of not getting anything accomplished, that I actually don’t get anything accomplished.

It’s like quick sand.

To help, I’ve created 5 tips that I have personally implemented into my life!

5 Tips to help you stop being paralyzed by your long to-do lists and just do the damn thing~

1. Write it all down

This is helpful because it allows you to identify what goals are important to you.
Plus, I mean, stationary. 🙂

2. Analyze the Investment/ Sacrifice

I did this last week and when I started to write down everything that I want to do, I realized how time consuming each goal really is…
For example:
I started to think about my two blog posts and 1 video a week. I have to consider the time it takes to shoot, edit, promote on social media and of course brainstorm content that I think you would actually benefit from.
To get ahead at work, I was working overtime every week.
Improving my French skills is not just about going to class for the 3 hours a week, but studying, practicing my speaking, immersing in films or music etc…
Anyway, I will spare you the spiel, but do you see where I am going with this? All of these goals take a lot of time.

3. Reprioritize

When you have a true understanding of your goals and the time each one requires, you can decide to keep the goal, postpone the goal or ding it all together. From there you can increase or decrease the intensity of the goal.

For myself, I decided to bring down the “work out 5x a week” to 3 times, and my blogging to 1-2 times a week as well.
I find these adjustments important because A. it is more realistic based on my schedule B. when I get these 3 work outs in I can feel accomplished as opposed to a failure.

Do I make sense?
You want to empower yourself, not set your self up for failure. 😀

4. Create a Schedule

Now that you know what is a realistic version of attaining your goals, you can schedule your to-do’s.

For example, I work on my French homework on Mondays and Wednesdays, go to class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I blog Saturday and Sundays.
I clean on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings (and cracked down on my bf to help me).
I decided to not work overtime anymore, but instead fully immerse myself in my work while I am there.
Because I have designated time for everything, I feel more focused. I can concentrate on starting, and in turn not feeling paralyzed by the questions of when, where, how. I’ve already set up the intent.

5. Be Flexible

You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather, baby. So if your schedule has to change a bit, go with the flow and make arrangements. I try to keep my schedule strict as that brings me freedom, but if something comes up that you find important, do it.

What do you think of these tips? Are they helpful? What do you do to stay on top of your game?

Remember that it is often the tasks that we never get done that are the most exhausting. That is why being clear about what you want from the beginning, and how to get there is vital.



3 thoughts on “5 Ways to Stop being Paralyzed by your To-Do List

  • Reply Thinking is More Stressful than Doing: How to Stop Worrying and Start Moving > Zayda October 12, 2017 at 7:06 am

    […] like to plan my week in advance. I’ve spoken about this before here . I suggest you schedule a time to tackle the tiny tasks, and remind yourself, “Hey! […]

  • Reply Stormie J June 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Loved the tips girl! My friend and I just recently had a talk about the “rat race”. Your post definitely opened my eyes. Thank you for your perspective and advice. XO and Stay FAB!

    • Reply Zayda June 21, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you, Stormie! Would love a recap of your talk with your friend. 🙂

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