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Do you prioritize your to-do list? If you are an empath or highly sensitive person, and face overwhelm a lot, then prioritizing your list may help!
As life slowly begins returning to normal after the crazy year that was 2020, I find that my plate, which had very little on it last year, is starting to fill up again. So now there has been a lot more going on for me than what I was balancing weekly last year. Because of that, I had to make a decision to prioritize what was most important to me, and decide what could wait.
I know for me, oftentimes I have been prone to overloading my plate with too many obligations. But that always leaves me overwhelmed and completely stressed out. When this happens, I always end up sick and out of commission completely! This year, I decided to do things differently. I didn’t want to feel stressed out and miserable! And I certainly don’t want to lower my immune system with COVID-19 around! So I looked at my list of tasks and obligations and had to make a decision about which things needed my attention and which could wait.
The result? A much less stressed, and much happier me! There have been days that the dishes or laundry didn’t get done because I really had to focus on other things. But because I gave myself permission, it was okay to have a messy kitchen for a day or two! And I have been able to avoid getting sick, by making my mental and physical health a priority!
Do you ever overbook, over schedule or overload yourself?
How you can prioritize you to-do list
Make a list of everything you have to do so you know what tasks are on your plate. Begin categorizing your tasks and responsibility. There will be three categories…
Begin categorizing your tasks and responsibilities. There will be three categories…..
Category #1: Indicate on your list which tasks must be completed or you will face negative consequences. Those are the tasks that must be completed first.
Category #2: Indicate on your list which tasks will not cause negative consequences if not completed today.
Category #3: Indicate on your list which tasks can be delegated to someone else! You do NOT have to do it all by yourself.
There is a fourth category….the tasks that you don’t really have to do at all (and we all have some of those things on our to-do lists from time to time). Cross those suckers out and get rid of them!
Make sure you take care of the things in category #1, but give yourself permission to not sweat it if you don’t get to category #2 for awhile. Your health and sense of well being is far more important than stressing over trying to complete things that really can wait awhile! So take the pressure off of yourself and you will be amazed at how much better you feel!