One Thing At A Time

Thursday, January 16, 2020

This year is all about making the necessary changes needed to achieve our goals. Some of the changes may be easy to do, while other changes are a little more challenging, especially when it comes to making better habits. There will always be a million and one things to do on my to-do list. It appears that the little checkbox's in front of each item will never be checked off. Every time I turn around, I'm having to take out my pen and write something else on the list, and then feeling overwhelmed because I have so much to get done. Somehow I'll try to visualize each item on the list to see where on my schedule can I fit this in and how I can get it done. Yeah, it's not the best way to organize things, but sometimes it works for me. Keyword — "sometimes." When it does work, I feel proud of myself for finally being able to check something off of my to-do list. But, when it doesn't work, I feel defeated and burnt out.

For those who don't know, I paint, act, and write, and I love each of these equally. Amongst painting, acting, and writing, I have a million and one small tasks to complete. I'm that person who tries to do them all at once, which isn't ideal. Since realizing that, I have learned how to prioritize each task amongst painting, acting, and writing. Another keyword — "prioritize." During the time, I didn't consider that trying to get it all done, at the same time, would burn me out. Being burnt out depletes me of my energy, creativity, and basic functionality of my brain. What good am I if I'm overwhelmed with a long to-do list? None. Once I understood that the quality of my work would be affected because I'm overwhelmed, really was a game-changer for me. It's a lesson that I have now learned and have started making the proper adjustments needed to accomplish each task.

Truthfully, I got more work done when I prioritize and do one thing at a time. My advice would be to figure out which item on your to-do list that needs the most attention and focus on that. Try putting all your time and energy into that one particular thing until it's completed. Once you're done with that one, you can check it off of your list and move to the next. Accomplishing the most important task on your list will empower you. It provides you the exact motivation you need to get more done. You'll even notice an increase in your creativity. One of the biggest things I've learned is that it's about prioritizing the small things, which gets us ready for the big things. So, instead of us overloading ourselves trying to get everything done, let's do one thing at a time.

Graphics by Racquel John