Keep those lines of communication with your kids open- even when it's tough!
Lisa here. I hope you enjoyed last week’s blog about task initiation. Today we’re doing a deeper dive on something that often makes task initiation difficult- overwhelm. Do some tasks feel too daunting or overwhelming to even start? This is a common reason for procrastination and for deciding not to do a task at all.
So, what do you do when faced with a daunting task? It may sound obvious, but breaking a big, overwhelming task into smaller, more doable chunks is key. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but it’s often unclear how to go about this. If you break the task into too many steps, you may feel discouraged and like you’re not making progress. Too few steps and you still feel overwhelmed.
Here are some tips you can use to break down tasks into small, specific goals no matter what kind of task you’re facing, whether it’s a project at work or a household chore:
Using the strategies I’ve just described has another benefit. Focusing on completing small steps shifts your view from completion of the ultimate goal as the only metric of success. Instead, you can appreciate your progress and experience small victories along the way. When you view your progress as success, you build momentum to keep going until the task is complete. Again, this works for big projects and mundane, everyday chores.
This strategy is also a great one to model for and teach your kids. Not only will they learn to appreciate the journey as well as the destination, they will also learn some important skills. They’ll learn how to plan and organize their approach to a task, how to initiate and complete a task, and how to problem-solve and make adjustments when things do not go according to their original plan. That’s some excellent executive functioning skills training!
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