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Overwhelmed by the never-ending To-Do List - 5 Tips to prioritize what to do next

Do you find yourself surrounded by random pieces of paper filled with lists of things you want to get done but struggle to keep track of them all?

Do you feel overwhelmed and anxious, not knowing where to start or what should be prioritized?

If so, you're not alone! Many busy moms face this challenge daily. However, there are effective ways to regain control of your to-do list and gain the confidence to tackle it head-on. I want to share five valuable tips that can help you release the overwhelm and dominate your to-do list like a pro!

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Now, before you jump into the action items, I want you to take a moment for yourself and get a coffee, a seltzer water, or maybe that adrenal cocktail you haven't made yet today, and then take a few deep breaths to recenter.

Because Mama, we are going to do some work here, and I want you to be ready and energized to get to it!

Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by the Never-Ending To-Do List

1. Organize with One Notebook per Topic

The first step to gaining control over your to-do list is to organize it effectively. Instead of having numerous pieces of paper scattered around, designate one notebook per topic.

For instance, create separate notebooks for "Home and Family," "House Projects," "Business," and even "Bedside Dump" for those late-night thoughts. This way, all your tasks are neatly categorized, making it easier to find and tackle them efficiently.

Think about it for a minute: you're not always going to need your 'House Project' notebook, and maybe your 'business' notebook stays at your desk because you are working on your work-life balance.

Instead of having everything in one notebook where you're flipping around all the other lists to find The list, you grab the specific notebook.

Think high school or college classes. You didn't have one notebook for math, science, and history. Well, at least I hope you didn't.

2. Regularly Rewrite Your Lists

To keep your to-do list fresh and manageable, consider rewriting it at least once a week. This practice will give you a clear view of the tasks you've completed and those that need attention.

Additionally, it creates room for new items that may come up during the week. Whether you prefer to check off completed tasks or scribble them out, rewriting your list regularly will ensure you stay organized and focused.

But if I can give my two science here, don't scribble it out. You might want to reference that item later. Or give yourself some love because you got those things done and want to know precisely what you did when... just a thought.

3. Share and Leave Your Lists in a Common Space

If you share responsibilities with a partner or family members, consider leaving your "Home and Family" list in a common space, such as the kitchen.

By doing so, others can see what needs to be done and chip in without being asked constantly. This collaboration not only lightens your load but also fosters a sense of teamwork within the household.

Let that notebook remind your husband to fix that ceiling fan or clean the basement already! You don't need to remind him, just have it on the list and and reference it.

You can simply let them know it's there and if they do ask you, what they can do or if you need help with something. Simple reference that notebook and over time, he'll start going to that notebook without asking you.

Then one day, he'll start adding his own things to that list and crossing them out without scribbling them out!

I know you don't believe me, it could happen. My husband now references that notebook all on his own and I am so grateful for that!

4. Highlight Priority Items

Overwhelm often arises from not knowing which tasks to tackle first. T

o alleviate this, highlight, star, or mark priority items in your list. This simple act helps you identify the most crucial tasks that require immediate attention. With clear distinctions, you'll confidently address high-priority tasks before moving on to others, reducing anxiety and improving productivity.

Now before you go and mark everything as priority, only pick 3-5 things at at a time. Then as you complete all of those items, mark your next 3-5 things on the list, until the week is over, when you rewrite the list for the next week.

5. Prioritize Your Categories

When your list becomes extensive, take a moment to prioritize your categories. Brain dump all your to-dos and then organize them into relevant notebooks like "Home," "Family," "Business," or whatever works best for you.

Once categorized, you can focus on specific tasks depending on the time of day or your energy level. Tackling top-priority items first will give you a sense of accomplishment and encourage you to tackle the rest of your list with renewed motivation.

Managing your to-do list doesn't have to be an overwhelming experience.

By implementing these five tips, you can regain control, reduce stress, and increase productivity in your daily life. Stop feeling Overwhelmed by the never-ending to-do list and turn it into a manageable list. Remember to organize your lists into relevant categories, rewrite them regularly, share responsibilities with family members, and prioritize your tasks effectively.

With these strategies in place, you'll become a master of your to-do list, freeing up time and energy to fully enjoy motherhood and tackle any challenges that come your way.

So, embrace these tips and take the first step towards a more organized and fulfilling life! Remember, you've got this, mama! Happy list-making and task-conquering!

you got this mama love jessa raye


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