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Sometimes We Need to OT Ourselves

Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

We are so good at breaking down activities for our clients. 

But let’s face it, sometimes in our own lives we get bogged down by large tasks. 

I mean, I know I struggle with this on the regular. 

I spent most of today cleaning and organizing. At one point I came across all these notebooks which are chalk full of notes that I have taken over the past 6 years.

My immediate thought was to put them back up on the bookshelf and forget about them until further notice.  I was overwhelmed just thinking about how much time and effort it would be to shred them. 

But before I could walk away, I stopped myself, grabbed them all and moved them over near the shredder. And I told myself I don’t need to do this all in one day, but I do need to deal with it. 

So I did some task analysis and decided that I will try to shred 10-20 pages a day until there are no more pages to be shredded. That way it will only take me a few minutes each day and slowly but surely I will accomplish this task. 

And let me tell you, I already started for today and shredded one entire book. Go me! 

So next time you feel overwhelmed by a big project or task, remember to break it down. Doing a little bit every day will ultimately get you where you want to be. 

Are you good at breaking down big projects for yourself? Or are you like me and can do it for other people all the time, but when it comes to your own projects, you immediately get overwhelmed and stop before you’ve even started?

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