It is often said that life events come in threes, and sometimes that is true. In fact, many times, things come on fours and fives, too. Sometimes we have a lot on our plate all at once, and that can be difficult to manage.

Right now, if you scan your brain, you can probably think of a few things that you know you need to do. Wash the dishes, do your CHCP homework, file your taxes, etc. Sometimes the stress caused by all these activities fluttering about in your head can lead you to stall on doing anything. You may worry that you’ll forget to do one thing, or that you won’t complete another to the best of your ability.

These activities can even circle in your mind, like a carousel, increasing your stress every time they come back around.

So what can you do?  Write it all down!

It doesn’t have to take long and you don’t need to add every detail. Do it on a post-it, scratch piece of paper, napkin, computer document, or anything else you have handy. Getting those tasks out of your head and onto paper not only helps to stop them from swirling, but it also helps you prioritize. Have a big paper due in two weeks, laundry to do, homework to finish, and dinner to prepare? Think about what needs to be done today, and what can be put off until a quieter time. Once you’ve put a casserole in the oven, toss you laundry in the washer. After that you can work on your home work, and afterward maybe even make an outline for your paper!

Making lists is fast and easy, and can save a lot of stress and many headaches along the way. What does your list look like today?

Sarah Moore
Student Services Coordinator
Austin Campus