Anxiety can take many forms and has many beastly heads. For me, one common monster is getting things done. Sadly, I can feel a great sense of success and accomplishment by playing a task management game or any game with labeled tasks and awards or trophies for doing said tasks. But I know that’s not real success and save that form of entertainment for my relaxing hours.
What my habit had gotten to be was listing all my to-do’s and then doing as many of those do’s as possible in a given day. This was a great in between lifestyle, as it kept me from forgetting to do things, thereby creating a great air of relief.
I’ve grown since then, and therefore outgrown this method. My new method, starting yesterday I think, is to list all my tasks somewhere (as that really has to be done if I’m ever going to sleep again!), but then segregating off what I think I can, or should, accomplish today. This is in the beta stage, of course, so I’m sure the lists will change with time. But this way, I’ll feel accomplished at the end of the day.
See, before, I just had this huge list, and though I was doing everything I could on that list, I never finished it. So I never felt like I was done for the day. I never switched off. I never relaxed. I never spent time with my family. This way, I actually feel like I’ve accomplished what I need to, like I’m done for the day.
Today’s list? Well, with my work/sleep schedule, I don’t finish things when I would like, but it’s getting worked on. And I feel pretty good about that.