Why are you in need of a reset? I asked myself this question a few days ago while journaling after I’ve noticed how stressed I’ve been. I haven’t had one day that has felt truly productive in months, and it’s because my mindset has been rocky, focusing on all the wrong things instead of merely aiming for progress.
I spend far too much time glancing at my planner, figuring out how I’m going to get through all of my tasks before I have to head to bed to prepare for the next day. I can feel the pressure overshadowing my determination to work, leaving me feeling overwhelmed and unable to begin.
Sometimes, all we need is a little push, which shows us that what we’re trying to do isn’t as hard as we may think it is. I needed to learn to stop striving to get everything done and instead focus on establishing some advancement towards my goals. It can be a small step, a single task, but it’s much better than sitting around, allowing the worry to eat away at you.
I’ve made that mistake too many times before, and along the way, I’ve learned how to genuinely reset my life to continue inspiring growth.
Clear Your Mind of EverythingThat’s Bothering You
Journaling will change your life. Even if you just have five minutes to spare, brain-dumping all of the thoughts that are clouding your mind will help you focus on getting through the workday feeling at ease instead of perpetually overwhelmed. You’d be surprised how easy it is to organize your tasks to help you get them done if you can see them all out in front of you.
I’ve been trying to approach myself with a much more positive outlook when I journal, spending less time criticizing myself for all the things I’m not doing and concentrating on what I accomplish throughout the day. It doesn’t seem so hard anymore once you take a step back, empty your mind of all the negative thoughts, so you can approach the workday clearheaded and ready to do your best.
Don’t aim to scramble to finish everything immediately; take it one step at a time.
Write Out What Your Ideal Day Looks Like
This completely changed the way I worked. For a long time, I’ve been telling myself that I wanted to live a day as my ideal self, the productive, clearheaded person who won’t let anything stand in her way. I decided to adopt that method, write out exactly what I wanted my day to look like, and got to work immediately.
I didn’t stop to say that I needed a fresh day to begin, because just by seeing what I wanted to do and how much I wanted to accomplish, I inspired myself to try. I’ve started to realize that the only thing standing in between me and the progress I so desperately want to make is myself. Getting out of my own way made all the difference.
Focus on Tackling the First Task
If you’re struggling to find out where best to start, pick the first task and see it out until it’s complete. I know how easy it can be to get wrapped up in all of the work deadlines we need to keep in mind, the emails we have to respond to, and the constant need for new ideas that take up a good chunk of our workday to figure out, but overwhelming yourself is never the way to get things done.
Whenever I find that I’m procrastinating, not working nearly as hard as I know I can, or haven’t even started for the day, I pick the first task off my to-do list and work until it’s complete. I don’t look at the other tasks, and I completely block out whatever else I have to get done until that task is finished. This way, after completing that single task, I know that I can do it again, and that’s what helps guide me through the day.
SlowDown and Enjoy the Little Things
I’ve been go-go-go lately, and I felt like I haven’t gotten anywhere. I constantly felt like time was escaping me as the days passed me by, and it left me feeling unfulfilled. It wasn’t until I took a moment to truly slow down, enjoy the company of my family, and enjoy my workout instead of rushing to finish so I could get back to work.
Taking the time to do the things we love helps to keep us going. It keeps us wanting to work, to create, and to grow. I’ve learned that it’s just as important to take care of my happiness and take care of myself as it is to work to further my career. That has allowed me to stay sane as I tackle the workday and genuinely see it as a delightful experience.
Encourage Yourself Throughout the Workday
We all fall off track. I’m no stranger to that, and there’s a particular time of the day around four o’clock where all of my productivity seems to vanish into thin air. In addition to my love for journaling, I tell myself that I’m capable of getting the work done and writing new and exciting stories so that I won’t lose track of my goals when I start to get in my head about things.
It’s never easy to get back on track to hit the reset button on our lives when we need it, but it’s worth it. It’s worth it to put the effort in, to realize that the work is going to be tough, but that we’re going to relish in the steps it takes to get us where we need to go. Beginning may be the hardest part, but the more you do it, the easier it will become.
I hope these tips help you if you need a reset, so you can continue doing the work you love, and savoring every accomplishment along the way, no matter how big or small.
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Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.