I don't know
where to begin, so I can't begin at all. Not:
have to do EVERYTHING! Nothing less will
do. Instead: The
most important step is to pick one project to focus
Break the Task
Down into Little Pieces
There's so much to do, and it's so complicated. I'm overwhelmed by
my English term paper. Instead:
I don't have to do the whole project at once. There are separate
small steps I can take one at a time to begin researching and
drafting my paper.
Set Up Small,
I have to write my thesis within two months. Instead:
If I write 2
pages per day, Monday-Friday, I can finish a 1st draft in 1 month.
I'll have a revised final draft in 2 months.
Take One Small
Step at a Time.
It's too much.
I'll never get it all done Instead:
the one next step on my list? I'll concentrate on that step for
Yourself Right Away When You Accomplish a Small
I can't take
any time out until I'm completely finished. Instead:
I spent an hour working. Now I'll call a friend.
Use a Time
I must devote the whole week to this project Instead:
I can use
these times this week to work on my project:
Monday 7-8; Tuesday 7-9; Saturday 10-12.
Learn How to
Sorting through these papers and reorganizing my file cabinet will
be a snap. It won't take me more than an hour, so I can do it any
always takes longer than I expect, so I'll start tonight. I'll
spend 1 hour filing 1 stack of papers.
Chances for Success.
I'll do my
writing this weekend at home. Instead:
I'll write during the week in a library. (Choose whatever
conditions are optimal for you to get work done.)
I am the only person in the world who can do this. Instead:
I don't have to do this all by myself. I can ask someone else to
do part of the job and still feel a sense of
I can't write
this speech until inspiration hits. Instead:
I'll write what first comes to mind, then improve it
Look at What
You Have Accomplished.
I have hardly
made a dent in all there is to do. Instead: I have reviewed my lecture notes and read 3 chapters. That won't
guarentee me an "A", but it's more than I did
I should be
able to work full-time, take 4 classes, be president of the
Esperanto Club, spend more time with friends, and play tennis 2
hours a day with no trouble at all. Instead:
I have limits. I can take on fewer responsibilities and still like