Breaking the cycle of overthinking is rarely easy. Those of us who struggle usually feel like we never get a break from all the words and lists and images and replays of prior events and conversations. All of those thoughts pile up and run through our head on an endless loop.
If you’re frustrated by your lack of focus, walk away from your current space… and keep walking for a few minutes. Take a stroll outside if possible to place maximum distance between you and your struggles. The fresh air and movement will do wonders for your brain clarity.
You don’t want to find yourself working through this entire list, one thing after another, spending 15 minutes on EACH item and never actually getting to work. At that point, you’ve turned a positive tactic into a reason to procrastinate.