When it comes to making a to-do list, the main goal is to stay organized and on top of things.

Maybe the house work has piled up, a deadline is coming, you have errands to run, and when’s the last time you took a shower? Gah! What do you do???

You sit down and write out everything that you need to get done. By the time you are finished, you basically have an entire full page of overwhelming things you need to do. You might have your mind set on finishing everything on that list, but let’s be real, that’s not going to happen.

That list is a reminder of how overwhelmed you felt at the beginning of this journey and how getting organized and making it doable is going to feel GREAT. That list cannot be tackled in the moment, or even day, that you wrote it. In fact, looking at that list may make you feel worse and even more overwhelmed, so let me tell you how you’re going to get it all done.

You’re going to use sticky- notes.

Hear me out. Take that long list, let’s call it “the master list,” and take several items that you want to prioritize first. Write down those items on a sticky- note. Nothing more than what will fit on the sticky-note.

Pro-tip: resist the temptation to write as tiny as possible so that you can fit every item on the sticky- note.

Now on that sticky-note, you will have a smaller, bite-sized, manageable list of tasks that you can realistically get done in the time allotted. Best part is that once it is all completed, you get to toss out the note at the end of the day. 

What about the master list? This is the list you get to take a big black sharpie to! Or you can simply cross things out, or check them off, whatever helps you view that master list as something that is getting smaller.  

Troubleshooting ideas:

Loneliness is a feeling of isolation or a lack of companionship that everyone experiences from time to time. 

It can be caused by physical or social isolation, a feeling of not having meaningful connections with others, or sometimes as the result of listening to our inner critic or negative self-talk. Because loneliness can have a profound effect on a person’s mental and physical health, it’s important to explore possible causes and solutions. 

While we can spend all day exploring the countless reasons as to why you’re feeling lonely, you’re ultimately going to ask me the big question: What can I do about it??