List of One – for ADD ADHD Overwhelmed
I was already overloaded when I got the notice that my gross receipts tax (New Mexico!) had not been paid for December, 2014. Think of the penalties! Think of all the research to do. Think of filling out the forms and writing the check and addressing the envelope. Oh my!
My short to do list was already too long and my list of five was already up to seven. I couldn’t decide where to start. I alternated between sitting, paralyzed and stagnant, or spinning around in circles.
Then I made my list of one. On the back of an old envelope, I wrote, “TAX.” That was probably the most important thing on my list of eight, but it didn’t matter. I just needed to do something.
Sometimes I think I have too many things to do. This can cause stagnation, demoralization, procrastination.
And it’s not true.
I only have one thing to do. In the example above, it’s the tax.
So when I’m doing something, or thinking about doing something, I’m thinking,”But, oh, I need to do this, and I need to do that, and I need to do the other, too.”
No, I only need to do one thing. When that one is done, then I’ll need to do the next one thing, but right now, it’s just this one.
That works better.
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