My anxiety loves to be multiplied by the number of things on my to-do list. And the problem is that since there are always things on my to-do list, there is always anxiety too.
Such is the nature of the beast. And the beast is an anxiety disorder that has gorged itself on the anxiety of living in a world where there are always things demanding our attention, always things that need to be done. Yet there is also a secret.
There will always be more to do. Our to-do lists never end, at best they merely get paused.
And if we allow it, our anxiety will swell from this never-ending to-do list. And its good friend depression will creep in bit by bit every time we fail, every time we fall short of completing this never-ending to-do list. And if you let it, all this will inevitably lead to one not so pleasant place. Burnout.
Yet instead of treating our to-do lists as something that must be raced through, we need to recognize that there will always be some things that have deadlines that are merely self-imposed. And those deadlines, often, can wait.
And I’ll be honest. It can be a challenge to remember this. It can be a challenge to remember that you can always leave some things until tomorrow. Yet the most important thing on those never-ending to-do lists has to be to take care of yourself.
Because there will always be more to do. But if you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of the rest of the things on your to-do list.