Confessions of an Overthinker: I Can’t Make a Decision

How do you keep yourself from getting overwhelmed by your To-Do list? I know I’m not the only person who struggles with this. Between work, unpacking, bills, and attempting to keep up a healthy social life and relationship… it’s enough to make anybody bury their head in the sand, ostrich style.

This has been my place for the past two months or so. On the one hand, I’m just SO excited to be a homeowner. On the other… everything now feels SO much more permanent and overwhelming. What if I make the wrong choice? It will be ruined.

My husband has been watching me spiral in my own indecision-land and finally got fed up. Picture me, having a tailspin of how important it is to pick just the right thing for every little thing and take pity on the man. He grabbed me by the shoulders, stared into my eyes and said “JUST PICK ONE THING.”

This did not calm me down. At all. I did not want to just pick one… I’d hate it later for sure. So many things could go wrong based on my one choice. He amended his statement. “Just pick one thing to do tonight. Hang one piece of art or arrange one drawer.”

For some reason this clicked, Cool, that I can handle. We had lift off. I picked my one thing. For the most part, we’ve graduated to 5 things a night. Focusing on a few things at a time makes everything seem much less daunting. It’s hard to come home after work and think, “I have to get the entire kitchen done.” All I really want is Netflix, some dinner ,and to laze a bit with my family. If I convince myself that the lazing around can start just as soon as I do A, B, C, D, & E, I am conned. I’m sure there’s some science back there somewhere.

Do you have some kind of magical way to get everything done without giving yourself a migraine? What’s your secret?

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