To Do List #bebetter52

To Do List #bebetter52

Are you feeling overwhelmed at work? At home? At school? In relationships? Are you so stressed out you don’t even want to see this week’s #bebetterchallenge because it’s just one more item on an already overloaded plate you probably won’t complete? Luckily, the challenge this week is custom made for you: Make a to do list.

In a world of never-ending emails, 24/7 work hours, and little time to relax, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. In fact, one in four Americans said they had a “great deal of stress in the last month.” This may be due to the fact that we aren’t able to complete one task before we’re given the next one. In psychology this is called the Zeigarnik Effect. According to this phenomenon, our mind tends to get fixated on one unfinished task.  With a to-do list it's easier to complete one task at a time, so we can move onto the next thing without worrying about what we didn't finish.  The checklist keeps you organized, motivated, and efficient. No wonder it’s used by the U.S. Army Air Corps, surgeons, and professional athletes.

Try making a simple to do list of the day’s tasks. Prioritize the list with the most important jobs to complete, followed by ones that are less critical and could be accomplished the next day if needed. Allow for life’s unpredictable happenings: the dirty bathtub on your list is not as important as a friend who suddenly needs your help. The purpose of a to do list is to efficiently organize your time, lessen your stress, and accomplish your most critical tasks. Feel the unmatched joy of crossing tasks off your list. Nothing is more satisfying than looking at a list of projects you have completed.