Review Your Week: The Dreaded To Do List


I don’t know about you, but my To Do list is loooooooong—pages and pages of tasks, projects, and things that seem like a really good idea to do that would improve my life. Looking at it—heck, just knowing it’s there!—can be overwhelming and intimidating. It can freeze me more solid than the ice in Antarctica in the middle of its winter.

Part of me tells myself to just get started and the other part replies: I can’t. I just can’t.

When this conversation—or one like it—happens, I know I need to take a moment for myself; I need to press the reset button.

I find a quiet space and have a pencil and paper handy (you can do this with any tools that allows you to record, capture, and retrieve your thoughts). I ask and answer the question: What jobs can I do right now that’ll make the day productive? Then I jot down the tasks that come to mind.

Doing this helps me focus on the here-and-now—it pulls my attention to the important projects that are right in front of me rather than on the overall immensity of my To Do list. It’s enough to get me going again.

Your homework today, as you review your week, is to think about the times when you were stuck or frozen. How did you get yourself going again—what technique did you use? Make a note of this and store it in a place for easy and quick retrieval. Use this technique when you find yourself faltering—use it to help you keep going.

As always when you review your week, pat yourself on the back for the progress you are making, the ways you keep your spirits up so that you can keep taking steps toward the life of your dreams.

Yay you! You’ve done well! I knew you could do it!

I’m so happy for you and proud of you—celebrate yourself and your accomplishments!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



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