I am the kind of person who writes something on a to-do list when I have already done it just so I can put a line through it and a big tick next to it. Most of the time I find list making very helpful and therapeutic but yesterday I looked at everything on my to-do list and started to feel panicky. It seemed too much to handle. How on earth can I write an essay, plan a terms worth of work for my classes, tackle a massive pile of laundry, clean the house, read 6 journal articles about dyslexia, talk to the bank manager and have an eye test all in one day?
Then I remembered that I don’t have to do everything all at the same time. I am not superwoman. There is a limit to how much stuff I can squeeze into my brain and into the finite number of hours that are available in one day and that’s okay.
My husband came in and found me sitting forlornly at the kitchen table surrounded by books and papers with a huge scary list for company and he reminded me that I can and will get through it all, just one step at a time.
One step at a time and eventually you can do anything. Sometimes I can’t believe how far I have come both literally and figuratively. How did I end up on the other side of the world? How did I get from being someone who was scared of everything and wanted to pull my enormous jumpers over my head and hide to being a teacher, a mummy and a wife.Then I remember. It was one step at a time.
So last night I decided to break down the things on my to-do list into smaller step by step tasks. Step 1 today is to write the first two paragraphs of my essay. Not the whole thing, just the first part. I am going to try and read one journal article, plan a couple of lessons for one of my classes and get the children to sort out the laundry rather than tackling it all myself. After that I am going to just relax and remind myself that there is always tomorrow. I don’t have to do everything today because I will get there if I take it one step at a time.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, remember that you don’t need to do everything at once. Just take it one step at a time and eventually you will be where you want to be.