Begin Anywhere.

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If you are anything like me, you struggle with STARTING. I can do all the prep work, all the planning, ALL the things! But when it comes time to actually begin whatever task I need to begin, it feels like there is a forcefield keeping me from taking that first step.

That is anxiety. And it sucks.

I have been experiencing a lot of this lately, as I plan my kids' school assignments. Seems simple, right? I swear I will do ANY and EVERY thing before I get started with the lesson planning. I will probably get up from my desk ten times in a hour's time because my brain tells me that I have to do so many other things first in order to get to the start line of planning these lessons for my kids.

Absolutely ridiculous. Yet, I know I'm not alone.

What do I do when this anxiety fill me, you ask? I'll list a few suggestions for you. These don't always work for me, and they may not work for you. However, there is no harm in trying!

  1. Set a timer.

Start with small time increments, such as 5 or 10 minutes. Don't overwhelm yourself. I like to use digital timers with the seconds showing. Get one that fits your personal needs. Dollar Tree sells sand timers, or the digital timer pictured is found on Amazon. The purpose of using a timer is to allow your brain to set a limit; you know when you need to stop versus just working without a time constraint. You are more likely to start a timed task than a non-timed task.

2. Make a prioritized to-do list.