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Take Time to Make Time

Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

Ever feel so bogged down that you don’t know if you’ll ever get everything done that needs to?

This is me all the time. 

So many things I want to do, need to do, and should do, and honestly I never know where I will ever find the time to accomplish it all. 

In the past, I would typically sit down and just start pounding away at my to-do list.

It would go something like this…

First thing to pop into my head I would work on. Then the next thing I thought of would be next. And so on and so on. 

But I quickly realized that prioritizing needed to happen because I noticed that I wasn’t working on things that needed my attention first. And ultimately I was left cramming in those things just to get them done on time. 

But in order to prioritize my to-dos, I knew that was gonna take time. 

And when you don’t have a lot of time, it felt strange to take extra time to prep, rather than just work on what needs to get done. 

But let me tell you, you need to take time to make time. 

A little bit of prep time can go a long way when it comes to getting things done. 

So when I woke up this morning, my head a buzzin with all the things I needed to get done, the first thing I did was sit down and make a plan. 

And I’ll tell you what, I now feel so organized and ready to take on the day and week ahead.

So whenever you feel like you’re drowning in to-dos, take a little time to lay out what needs to get done and prioritize. It may seem counter-intuitive, but trust me, it will actually save you time in the long run. 

What else do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed with to-dos? How do you start to get things done? Share any tips and strategies in the comments. 

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