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How to Break Down Tasks to Overcome Anxiety and Procrastination

a tall narrow staircase

I am someone who loves to break down tasks into pieces.  I tend to get a lot more done by making everything itsy bitsy, tiny amounts.  It seems to make things easier to do when you break things down to their little amounts. It seems to lower the anxiety and procrastination. I honestly can't tell you the science behind it, but I am going to share some of the ways I have found it works. I can show you an example though. If you look at a whole staircase it might seem hard to climb, but if you only look at one step it doesn't seem as big.

I start by picking something I want to do but am hesitating on starting or just procrastinating on for no obvious reason.  My best example is writing because it can be compared to homework in school, a work project, or any home project.  I’m also using it as an example because I started using this process with it first and then moved on to other things. 

So, the way I use is something my coach suggested.  It’s the idea that we just do 15 minutes.  I think that 15 minutes sounds doable for most projects.  If not, just change it to 5 or 10.  All you have to tell yourself is "I only have to do 15 minutes".  It makes it seem a little easier.  You have a small mouse-sized project compared to a big giant moose-sized project. 

I am using this with writing because it reminds me I can break this down into manageable chunks. After all, this is my normal thing to work on, but you could also use it for anything. 

For example, most people feel that they can’t find time to organize things or clean their homes.  But what if you told yourself, “I’m going to clean the hall closet for 15 minutes.”  Are you going to be done in 15 minutes?  Who knows, but it is fair to say that you will be farther along than if you didn’t do 15 minutes.  Right?

a person on top of a mountain looking out over a mountain range

So, I just used this technique and found that I was almost done with a project for another post at the end of the 15 minutes.  All I need is another 15-minute session later on.  So, just try this idea out and see how it works for you.  It might not be your thing, but it could always lead to a new idea that flourishes into something grand.

Remember climbing a mountain is just one step at a time.

When you first try this, tell us in the comments how it went. Was this something for you or not? Also, of course, tell you why. I do understand as your wannabe positivity expert that not every technique works for everyone. So, definitely tell us in what activities or projects you used it on.

Now Go.  Be Safe.  Know You are Not Alone. 

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