Can ‘to do‘ list’s cause anxiety? Appointments, dinners, errands, we’re all juggling a million things at once and ‘yes’ some experts say that ‘to do‘ lists can cause anxiety.
Psych Central say that ‘If you make a to-do list, carefully look at each item. How much emotional energy will you need for each one? If you tend to have the most energy in the morning, then pencil in the high-energy tasks first thing. Also, decide that you will not feel guilty for anything on your list. For example, if you want to set aside 20 minutes to folding laundry tomorrow, then give twenty minutes of your whole heart to folding laundry. Know that you are doing something of value, and don’t waste one bit of energy wishing you were doing something else.’
I am a typical ‘to do‘ list person and I can appreciate that it can cause anxiety as I get really anxious if I don’t manage to get through what I have on my list. I also add to the list constantly which doesn’t help me to get through the list but I do get a buzz from crossing off what I have listed on it. Personally, I think the opposite as I always feel great when I have written everything down and more anxious when I have lots of things going through my mind.
Nowadays everyone seems to make a ‘to do’ list and there are many available online with ‘Wunderlist‘ as the number one choice, a free to download app.
They say ‘Wunderlist is the easiest way to get stuff done. Whether you’re planning a holiday, sharing a shopping list with a partner or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist is here to help you tick off all your personal and professional to-dos‘.Organize and share your to-do, work, grocery, movies and household lists. No matter what you’re planning, how big or small the task may be, Wunderlist makes it super easy to get stuff done. Set Due Dates and Reminders and Assign to-dos. No matter whether your lists are work-related or just for fun, you will never miss a deadline again with Wunderlist in charge.
I thought it was quite funny it mentioned about reminders as I have quite recently set a reminder on my phone to take one of the drugs I am on at a specific time as I just kept forgetting to take it.
Of course, a lot of us (including me) like the sort of ‘to do‘ lists that we manually write down as we love to cross out some of the jobs we have jotted down. I love notebooks especially the pretty ones you can buy nowadays from personalised ones from Etsy to an assortment of beautifully covered notebooks from TK Maxx.
I could spend a fortune on the ones from TK Maxx with the different statements on the front of them and can almost guarantee that my daughter will have one wrapped up for me for Christmas.
You could also just go to Pinterest and tap in ‘to do‘ list and you will be shown a page full of free to download ‘to do‘ lists just ready to start filling in and I am quite sure you will not feel in the least bit anxious about writing it, in fact some say daily ‘to do‘ lists can help productivity. Do you write a ‘to do‘ list and if so what on?