What to do when you can’t seem to get anything done

What to do when you can't seem to get anything done by Keri Kettle

There will be times when you think of everything that needs to get done and feel paralyzed.  You will look at the list you’ve made and think, I have no idea where to begin.  You will believe that you can’t possibly do this alone.  You will find yourself on Facebook or Pinterest, frantically checking and re-checking – because someone on there must have posted something that will help you.

Take a deep breath in, let it out, and pick one thing.

Choose one thing you can do now with what you have on hand.

I don’t mean the thing you could do if you had all the right stuff.  I don’t mean the thing you could do if that person would call you back.  I don’t mean the thing you could do if you had better math/cooking/budgeting/dance skills.

Choose one thing you can do right now, that doesn’t require that you go do 5 other things before you can start to get it done. In other words, if the one thing that you’re picking is the thing that requires you to go to the store before you do it, pick something else. Get one thing done first.  You’ll feel better. You’ll get some momentum.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be complete.

If you have a big thing to do, like filling out a bunch of financial forms, do part of it.  Do a half-assed job.  Do what you can in the next twenty minutes and then stop.

Take small steps over and over until it’s done.  When you get to the parts where you don’t have the information just mark that space with a star or a post-it or a highlighter.  It is much easier to go back and fill in ten pieces of missing information than it is to confront a 10 page blank form.

Do what you can, with what you have now.  Keep breathing.

If all else fails, do something nice for yourself.  Better than stewing over a lost tax return or that you haven’t had a call back from the person you need information from, is to give yourself a facial, go take a bath, or get some exercise. Taking care of your body and mind is not an indulgence, it is a necessary part of being able to think clearly so you can get things done.

When we are running in circles, over-tired and under-nourished, we get a whole lot of nothing done.

One foot in front of the other.  Take pee breaks.  Have a snack.  Sip some water.  Take one more step.

You’ve got this, mama.  I’m right here breathing with you.

 

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