Does your mental illness ever keep you in bed all day? Does it make you feel like you can’t do anything? In my experience, bouts of depression have come hand in with elevated levels of un-productivity. And in turn, that makes me feel worse, because at the end of the day, I see checklist after checklist of things that I have not done, and remain unchecked.
The solution? Instead of creating checklists for things that you have to do, create checklists as you go, of all the little things that you actually have done. While it may not affect your actual levels of productivity, I have found that it drastically changes how I feel about it.
For example, rather than having a list of all the household chores I have yet to do, I have a list of all the chores that I have completed, and I watch that list grow longer and feel more accomplished as I do more of them.
Checklists are my way of staying focused. I do the best I can to not let my mental illness interfere.
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