Normally, I would have a little anxiety attack at this point. Too many things to do, no idea where to start. You're probably going to roll your eyes at this, but I didn't realize I was allowed to do this until someone pointed it out to me. It's so simple it's ridiculous: Each day, look at your list and decide what you will work on. Ok, there's a little more to this, but that's basically it. Just pick what you feel you're able to do. Here are some things to consider when deciding what to do:
One of these ideas is to prioritize your Dump List items based on urgency. If you struggle with depression or some other situation that makes it difficult to decide what to do next, perhaps you may find this helpful as well.
How many times do you migrate the same task from one day to the next day, to the next day, to the next day, etc? How does this make you feel when you’re struggling to check off everything on each Daily list, and migrating those unfinished tasks? Stressed out? Overwhelmed? More depressed? Exactly.
Starting with a dump list gets it out of your head and on paper, so you don’t have to manage all those thoughts, ideas, and things you need to remember. Keeping it all in your head can be stressful and overwhelming. Don’t worry about trying to get it all done in one day.
In my quest to put an end to the unfinished to-do list anxiety and to figure out how to GSD (get shit done) that has to be done when I’m having a week of bad days, I started to examine my current Bujo habits, then I reached out to a group of Bujo friends and asked what they suggest to make the to-do list more manageable in this situation. I was overwhelmed with helpful ideas and we had lot of great discussion on the subject. The ideas shared were simple and totally doable. In fact, I found these ideas too good to keep to myself.
This walking tour of downtown, pointing out geologic points of interest was lots of fun. As we walked up to each place, I read the paragraph describing the building materials and a brief story of the building's construction. If there was a historical marker at the site, we read that, too.
At first I was happy to see that things went smoothly. I could do this on my own. Then I started making changes to improve things, and I was surprised that nothing blew up. One thing led to another, and I slowly grew a spine.
A second later, the dude walked out of the men's room, clueless to what we were up to in the hallway. Good. Whew. Drinks, burgers, and restroom mischief, we had a great meal and rolled out of there with full bellies. Note to self: This would be a great place to get a bunch of friends together to play Cards Against Humanity or other obnoxious games like Fluxx or Exploding Kittens.
Is the back of your kitchen cupboards a black hole that swallows up canned goods and small packages? Have you ever gone grocery shopping for some basics that you swore you had, only to put them away and find a supply of it in the back of the cupboard? Yeah, me too. I hated it. It was also a royal pain in the tush to finagle the bottom can from a stack of cans three rows deep. But then I stole a genius organizing tip from my mom.