Looking forward to a change in your life, whether it’s having just left a bad relationship, finding new work opportunities, and even looking for a new home, can be exhilarating. Before any major decision is made, you need to know as much as you can before you act, from the demands your new job may have or the cost of living in a new city. It can also be an experience that is daunting at the same time.
So how do you balance the excitement of something new with the apprehension that comes with the new environment? It’s exciting to move to a new house. Still, when the time comes, we start to wonder how we can possibly work, take care of the kids, pack up the house, get movers set up, get everything shipped over and unpacked, and oh yeah, we still need to eat, sleep, do homework, and get ready for the next day at work – ugh, it’s just all too much.
Making Mountains Out Of Mole Hills
The biggest mistake we make is thinking about the project or the move as something we have to do all at once. I know when I’m overwhelmed that even the smallest task can seem like too much to do, but especially when there’s a mountain of work in front of me, I tend to procrastinate and try to slug through it last minute.
But that’s the worst way to think about tackling any large project like moving houses. Especially now, with so many of our school and work activities taking place at home, trying to wrap our heads around everything needed to do is just too overwhelming.
So what is the best practice to get a significant undertaking accomplished the most straightforward, most effective, and stress-free way?
Eating The Elephant
Experts have studied how to tackle large projects over the years best, and what they’ve found is that the most effective way is to break down the task into smaller, more comfortable to accomplish tasks. It’s the idea of how to eat an elephant. You can’t swallow it whole. Instead, you need to cut it into smaller portions to chew on.
There are five main steps to consider when you need to tackle a massive task like moving while balancing yourself and your family’s daily lives.
- Outcome Objectives: The first step is to figure out what it will look like when you finish the large project. If it’s moving homes, think about what your new house looks like, where you have your furniture, storage, and more. Envision what it will be like when you can finally relax at your new home.
- What Tasks Need To Be Done: Once you know what it looks like to finish the task, break down what you need to do into tasks. Think about packing the kitchen, the bedroom, etc., as tasks you need to accomplish.
- Break Down Into Smaller Tasks: Now that you know what tasks are needed to be finished, break those tasks into small little jobs. For example, if you have the task of packing the kitchen, a small project would be wrapping and packing your plates and bowls.
- Prioritize What’s Most Important: The next step after you’ve mapped out your project into small little tasks, prioritize what’s most important and what needs to be done last. You don’t want to pack up your bed a week before you move out of your house, do you?
- Focus One Thing At A Time: Once you’ve organized your project, stay on task. Don’t start with packing the kitchen and half-way done, start packing the kids’ room. By focusing on one task, you’ll get that done efficiently and won’t have to double-back and make sure it’s completed.
Another thing we do when we have an enormous task in front of us is we tend to ignore our physical and mental wellbeing. Stress can lead to various health issues, and a little self-care is essential even in our busiest times.
Self-Care And Sex Life
One area that’s easy to overlook in self-care is our sex lives, either with a partner or masturbation. Studies show that sex and masturbation elevate mood, releases stress, enhances self-image, and helps with sleep.
In fact, there are more benefits to self-care and masturbation than we have space to discuss here. Still, it’s essential to keep in mind as we get overwhelmed with large tasks and daily life that a little self-care, whether you pleasure yourself with a partner, sex toy, or enjoy masturbation through the benefits of fingering, it goes a long way toward making you more relaxed, focused, and productive.