Anybody get stressed out over having long lists of things that need doing? I sure do..meep. One thing I noticed about this is that I tend to focus on the whole thing and imagine having to cram all of that pile of whatever into my attention. Like having to focus on a million things at once, I feel the dread rise up in me, a kind of fear. All of this happens unconsciously for the most part and all I know is that it leaves me with a horrible 'in over my head' feeling.
Well..luckily, when it comes to tasks you do on your own, it's rather easy to break it down into steps. Another good thing is that you don't need to hold all that stuff in your head at once. I like to use the dirty dishes analogy. It goes like so: You have a huge pile of dirty dishes. It looks like it will take forever and you'll be miserable the whole time working on this never ending pile. But let's say you find something interesting to listen to while you start off on your task. You grab one dish, clean it up, then grab another, all the while listening to your favorite music or book or show. You just focus on that one dish in your hands, not the pile. Focusing on the pile will cause you to miss spots and maybe even drop what's in your hands. So "laser beam" attention gets the job done here. Not the worry, not the dread, nor what the pile looks like.
I usually get those horrible dread feelings when I have a large list of comishes. But once upon a time, I started to think about my emotions as tools that help me work on my art. Anxiety was something that never helped me make art or even start on it. So I decided for a while to only focus on the one thing that I was to work on, no matter what happened. It got me into the zone pretty quickly and I was cranking out art at a decent pace.
Even right now, that orgy comish kinda scared me ^///^ But Kenji gave me these small groups of characters to work with, which helped a lot in focusing my attention on one thing at a time. So it isn't like "i have to do everything all at once". It's more like just focusing my attention on that one thing, completing it, then the next thing.
It's all about attention, yet nobody ever really talks about it. I don't consider this common sense either. Because if it was, nobody would ever dread any task. Anywho, hope this helps somebody out there. This bunny's go'n to bed ^.^
Edit: Woke up today and found this handy quote, which sums of everything above in a easy to understand way XD
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into managebale tasks, then starting on the first one.