7 Ways to Move Closer To Your Dreams When Life Feels Overwhelming

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“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.”

– Paulo Coelho

It’s frustrating, isn’t it?

Watching time go by as your dream just stays a dream. Everyday your dream fades away just a little bit more in the busyness of the real world.

You wanted to quit your corporate job to do meaningful work to change the world, but you have too many bills to pay. You wanted to take time off to travel the world for a year, but you have a family to take care of. You wanted to write a book, but you just don’t have any time or energy left after twelve or more hours at work.

When you barely have time for a proper sit-down dinner, how can you even start working toward realizing your dream?

When 24 hours just doesn’t seem enough to get everything done, it’s a sign that life has become overwhelming. In response to all this stress, our brains do their best to distract us from facing our problems. It’s just easier to sit and stare at the wall or waste hours on YouTube, rather than working toward making our dreams come true.

I’ve been there and had to claw my way out of the pit of feeling overwhelmed. I still struggle with it some times. So many things are on my to-do list that I could have a hundred clones and still not make much progress. But you can’t just expect to open your eyes one day and step into the life of your dreams. You must keep making slow, steady progress towards fulfilling your dream — no matter how overwhelming life gets.

Use the following seven strategies to help you keep moving toward your dreams.

1. Do what you’re most afraid of

Counter-intuitive, isn’t it? Why would you choose to do something that scares the hell out of you? Especially when you lack the energy and focus to tackle it?

I took ages to start a blog. I wanted to write, but I was afraid of sharing it in public. What if people didn’t like it? What if I put it out there and no one reads it? Would I be able to keep coming up with good topics to write about? What if I failed as a writer?

So, not having enough time became my go-to excuse for not starting.

After a few weeks, I realized that my fears were getting in the way of my dream of becoming a writer. So, I signed up for a free WordPress website, installed the default theme, and started writing. I’ve written for over two years now, and I love writing even more than when I began. Pushing through my fear helped me find what I love doing.

Don’t let fear prevent you from chasing your dream. Overcome these irrational fears by doing the thing that you are afraid of. Every small step forward will give you the confidence to keep moving toward your dream.

2. Work through the pain of chasing your dream

A few years ago, I decided to lose weight, and I picked running as the way to do it. Twenty seconds into my first run, I could barely move. My lungs were on fire, and I would have dropped to my knees if it weren’t for the railings.

It was my first attempt, and quitting after a mere twenty seconds felt as if I was giving up. So, I rested for five minutes and ran for twenty more seconds. I almost had to crawl back home and seriously considered not running the next day. But my desire to lose weight was stronger than the pain. By pushing myself on that first day, I had expanded my belief of what was possible. I had moved one step closer to my dream of losing weight.

I kept stringing together those short runs day after day until six months later when I could run 5km without a break. I also lost 25 lbs. The six months I spent losing weight made me realize that we have to put ourselves through pain, physical and emotional, on the road to fulfilling our dreams.

When you barely have time to eat and sleep, avoiding the pain of working towards your dreams seems like the natural thing to do. But you know that only by enduring this pain can you get closer to your dreams. The surprising thing is, once you accept the pain and start working through it, your motivation strengthens. Every day, the pain will challenge you to give up, but your desire to make your dreams come true will push you just a little bit further.

Like Winston Churchill said, “If you are going through hell, keep going.

3. Realize that enjoying what you do is a good thing

I used to love video games, but I looked down my nose at people who cheated while playing them — until I ran into a difficult stage in one game and spent hours failing to get through. Out of frustration, I cheated just so I could move on, and I enjoyed the rest of the game. My initial guilt at having cheated (despite what I believed) vanished in a few hours. I realized something important that day — why agonize over something that is designed to be enjoyed?

The same can be said of our lives too. What’s wrong with finding a way to enjoy life more?

We have been taught that life is hard and that we just have to keep our heads down and go along with it. We have been brought up with the belief that work is not meant to be enjoyed. Any sort of enjoyable work tends to get labeled as not real work. So, we choose to spend the majority of our days working on things that drain our energy. We come up with excuses for why it’s okay to do soul-sucking work. All the enjoyable things get labeled as hobbies, relegated to the free hour that we may have once or twice a month.

Here’s what you were never taught (but deep down know to be true). To be happy in life, find and do what you love. Working toward making your dreams come true will require hard work, but it will also be enjoyable. You will enjoy perfecting the chapter of the novel you are writing, volunteering to help people in need, shooting the intro video for your website for the seventh time. Don’t worry if it doesn’t feel like real work to you. Keep doing what you enjoy, and you will soon be closer to making your dreams come true.

4. When you feel like giving up, work harder

After more than 10 hours at my day job, I come home and dive right into three hours of writing and learning (to be a better writer). I do this six days a week, and sometimes, even on Sundays. I don’t have time to worry about how my job is keeping me from going after my dream of becoming a writer.

Before I started writing daily, I used to think I could only write when I had more time. I kept daydreaming about how I would quit my job one day, lock myself away in a cabin for a few months, and emerge with the next bestselling novel. So, I would come home from work, watch TV, and play video games, hoping that one day my dream would come true. I didn’t realize that I had already given up on my dream by deciding not to work toward it.

Life will always get in the way. You’ll always have a hundred things that need to get done. In the midst of all this, your dreams get pushed down the priority ladder. Your dreams are still dreams because no one told you that you’ll need to work even harder than you already have to make them come true.

Every day, I keep putting one foot in front of the other trying to become a writer. It is hard work, but it also ensures I am closer to fulfilling my dream. This gives me the strength to keep going, even when I feel like giving up.

Just remember — that when life gets too overwhelming, and you don’t have the time to work toward making your dreams come true, that’s when you need to dig deep and work even harder.

5. Stop thinking and just take that first step

How long will you keep thinking about the novel you want to write without actually writing a word? How long will you keep daydreaming about backpacking across South-East Asia when you haven’t even traveled to any place there?

The world is full of people who want to live their dreams someday. All these people are miserable, whereas the happy people are already living their dreams. What separates these people from the rest is that they decided to take that first step, no matter how risky it seemed. Just like the woman who quit her job to scoop ice cream on an island.

We get so caught up in planning and analyzing everything that we forget to actually do something. Choosing a thoroughly researched option might prevent us from stepping into known dangers, but it also prevents us from living our dream life.

A few months ago, I bought tickets to World Domination Summit (which I have wanted to go to for more than two years now) without knowing whether I’d get a visa, whether I could afford to pay for the flight and hotel, and whether I would be able to take extra days off from work to go there. But I bought them anyway. I came back from WDS last month, and can honestly say it was a dream come true. It wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t taken that first step and bought the tickets.

Do one thing, even if it’s small, that you feel you just have to do. Take the first step to move closer to your dreams. It’s just like Steve Jobs said, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

6. Use money to move closer to your dreams

I used to believe that money was the root of all evil. I did not care about my earnings, savings, or expenses. Working in a job just to make money seemed like an absolute waste of time.

So, I started looking for ways to make money doing work I enjoyed. One of my first attempts was to try freelance writing. Within a few weeks of signing up as a freelancer on Elance, I landed my first paid writing project and made nearly $250 in a month. The reason I was able to get such quick results was an online training program I had bought. It taught me how to pitch my proposals to clients, how to set my rates as a freelancer, and how to talk with clients so that they feel they hired the right person.

I realized later that the salary from the job I hated had enabled me to invest in a training program that was helping me change my career path. The money I was making was helping me to get closer to my dream much faster than I could have managed on my own.

Even though I am frustrated in my job and want to quit, I can’t help but be thankful for the money I make. It has helped me invest in training and education to enhance my skills as a writer.

If you are reading this post, I believe you are privileged enough to have a job that pays well, even though it doesn’t leave you much time to work on making your dreams a reality. Use the money you make to help you move closer to your dreams. If you want to change careers, you can invest in training programs to learn the necessary skills. If you want to get a novel published in your name, you can hire a ghostwriter to write the novel for you. If you need to research competitors for the new business idea you have, you can hire virtual assistants to do the research.

7. Act in defiance of the status quo

We feel overwhelmed when we are obligated to act in ways that don’t feel right to us. It’s usually when society expects us to behave in a certain way just because everybody else is doing the same. In times like these, we search for answers in articles, videos, and books. We look for proof that a better way exists, and we look to find courage to defy the status quo.

Sometimes, in our search for proof, we come to a crossroad. We can choose to continue looking for more proof, or we can choose to break out of the norms that hold us back.

No strategies or guides exist to help you decide; it’s all up to your gut feeling. You just have to break out of the status quo to keep moving closer to your dreams.

When I talk to my friends about quitting my job to travel and explore for a year, they get excited and want to know more about it. Telling my story helps them open up about their ideas and plans for the future. I love to help them expand on their dreams, especially if doing so can help them quit their dead-end jobs too.

Helping them get even one step closer to their dreams feels great. Knowing that trying to break out of the status quo inspires others to do the same gives me the courage to keep moving toward my dreams.

You know what to do; now go do it

If you have read this far, congratulations! You have separated yourself from the millions who are just mindlessly browsing the Internet.

You were reading and wondering how you can apply some of these strategies to your own life. This proves that you are willing to do what it takes to keep moving toward your dreams, even when life gets overwhelming.

Some of these strategies might be new to you, yet some you might have known for a long time. But you haven’t done anything with this knowledge. On your deathbed, you will regret not having even tried to make your dreams come true. Don’t let life overwhelm you and prevent you from chasing your dreams.

You now know what you must do. Go live your dreams.

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46 thoughts on “7 Ways to Move Closer To Your Dreams When Life Feels Overwhelming”

  1. Hi Debashish,

    You’re so right when you say “But you can’t just expect to open your eyes one day and step into the life of your dreams. You must keep making slow, steady progress towards fulfilling your dream — no matter how overwhelming life gets.”

    I think people forget that, after all we hear and see the end results when someone else reaches their dream. As they stand on the mountain top of their accomplishment, they tell us it was tough, but we still have to climb the mountain on our own.

    And, you put the most important one first: Do what you’re most afraid of! It’s a really good test of dreaming the right dream.

    Great article!

    Quinn

  2. Thanks a lot, Quinn!

    We do seem to be wired to focus on the success of the successful and ignore the hard road that got them where they are today. But that’s the thing. It’s their successful dream we see, not ours. We can’t let our dream fade away in front of their shining success.

    Glad that you liked the article.

  3. Very honest an open post, Debashish
    I love your ‘never say die’ attitude. Great to know you are working on your dream project while pursuing your job. It takes lots of patience and hard work to concentrate on both of these things.
    Despite spending 10 hours on your job, you are taking out time to work on your passion for writing. Hats off to your dedication, buddy.

    I completely agree with Winston Churchill’s quote. During hard times only, we realize our importance. We learn a lot of things in these critical phases of life. After tasting the harshness of dull moments only, we can embrace the warmth of happy moments in life.

    I am taking away some great life lessons from your article. Wishing you all the best to your future journey.

    1. Thanks a lot, Yatin!

      Glad that my story could serve as a source of life lessons for you.

      Like you said, it’s only by going through dark moments that we learn to enjoy the happy moments. Even though I work for 10 hours, then come back and work on my writing, I go to bed happy and content, knowing that I’m privileged to be able to do something I love every day.

      Wish you all the best for your endeavors too!

  4. Hi, Debashish. Thank you for your article and sharing your first challenges about writing. We all have our difficult times and we don’t always face the same obstacles in order to achieve those yearned dreams of ours. But for some of us, it could be the lack of support or encouragement. Sometimes you need someone to cheer you up or to remind you that you can actually do it. Writing could be one of the loneliest careers. Fortunately blogging is opening up and we can hear the other side of world, the audience. And that audience could be encouraging and supportive. So I would also join them and say keep it up. Thank you for sharing and keep doing it. :)

    1. I completely agree, Jesús!

      Community support is an absolute necessity, especially when it comes to writing. Acceptance and appreciation by the audience inspires writers to keep writing.

      In my experience, joining mastermind groups with other writers/bloggers has also been tremendously helpful. These are people who understand the exact challenges I am going through and can support me. We also help each other out by sharing our writing experience.

      Thanks for the support, and best of luck in your writing and photography pursuits.

      1. Thank you for your words and good wishes, Debashish. Yes, mastermind groups are amazing! I’m organizing a gathering with some other local bloggers this coming week. We will see how it goes. Have a great day!

  5. Debashish, I love this blog for having writers like you–this is such a great post.

    I struggle with your first point, doing what we’re most afraid of. I know I should do it, but it’s easier said than done. I can honestly say the fear IS paralyzing.

    I needed to read this. Moving forward even if it feels “off,” “defying” the status quo, changing careers–great input there, Debashish!

    And Ramit–I love that guy!

    Debashish, thank you. Change Blog, thank you!

    1. I am really humbled by what you said, Ethan! Thank you for being so open!

      I understand that doing what you’re most afraid of can be a struggle. It still is for me too. But now that I know I have to do it, I don’t mind sitting on that decision for weeks, and taking just one tiny step at a time. Do whatever helps you get rid of that paralysis – write in a journal, talk about it with a close friend, watch a video about someone who did something similar. It all counts as getting one step closer to your dream.

      Moving forward might feel “off”, but Rocky said it best, “It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Don’t give up, Ethan!

  6. I can totally relate. It took me years before I had the courage to start my own blog. I had fears, doubts and apprehensions, but then I realized that I just need to start and learn a long the way. So now I am now following my dreams.

    The thing is when you decided to go for your dreams your situation becomes tougher. You know you have a day job and you’re too tired to do your art after a long day’s work. But I just work harder and keep that belief in myself.

    Thanks for this post Debashish.

    1. Well said!

      It can be really difficult to work against big obstacles like a full time job, and continue to pursue your art in the evenings and weekends. Believing in yourself and enjoying your art are the keys to keep going and work even harder to achieve your dream.

      Thank you, Jon & best of luck on your travels! Keep traveling, writing, and inspiring people!

  7. thank you for this article, it has given me strength to continue with the dreams. after 2.5 yrs of risk taking, uncertainty and strife a couple of weeks ago i reached a pack-up-and-give-up point but i’ve since sensed that simmering just below the surface it is all starting to come together – just a hunch but a strong one and one that has banished almost all fear. nice to connect with you,
    joanna

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Joanna! I am really glad the article has helped you find your inner strength to keep going for your dream!

      A big part of chasing our dream is our ability to trust our hunches. Even if we don’t consciously recognize what we should do next, our hunches can point us in the right direction.

      Thank you for being so courageous and sharing your struggles. Never give up on your dream.

  8. Thank you for sharing your story and your words of encouragement. I can relate to so many things that you have written. “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.” ~T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1926.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Chas!

      Love that quote. Here’s another one I really like,
      “I think that nothing is impossible when you want to fulfill a dream. A lot of people will tell you that you can’t do it, that you don’t have what it takes, but if it is in your heart and you feel it, there is nothing that will stop you. It is like the sun – you can’t block it: it will shine regardless, if that is what you want.” ~Thalia

  9. Thank-you Debashish!

    A beautifully written article containing wonderful tips to help us live the life of our dreams! I particularly liked #1. Fear can be our worst enemy. It holds us back from stepping outside our comfort zone and pursuing our true passions. I love how Stephen Richards said it, “When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything”.

    1. Thank you for reading and appreciating the article, Wanda!

      Like you said, fear can be our worst enemy. But it can also be a guide that leads us to happiness. I can’t think of a time when I’ve done something I was afraid of and ended up regretting that I pushed through the fear. That’s why I put it as #1. If we can find what we are afraid of, we might just be looking at where we should be headed.

      Love the Stephen Richards quote! I also love this quote by Dorothy Thompson, “Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live”.

  10. Truly Amazing Debashish, I can connect to every line you have written. Its so true that we always have thousands of excuses to keep our dreams on last priority.

    Enduring Pain is much needed to pursue out dreams.

    1. Thanks, Nikhil!

      Life does get in the way and our dreams tend to become buried in the busyness of everyday life. Which is why we must consciously take action to move closer to it.

      Most people also think that fulfilling a dream will be a happy and fun ride, but they don’t realize that going through pain is how you get to live your dream. Glad that we have people like you, who have realized this painful truth, and are actively making progress towards their dreams.

  11. Great post, Debashish!
    Thanks for sharing those insights on your journey. I can relate to your challenges which are also my own and I try to push through every single day to get closer to living my dreams instead of just continuously dreaming. That’s what we all want “Live our dreams!”

    1. Thank you, Birgit!

      It’s only by sharing our common challenges that we realize that there are others who have the same dream as we do. We don’t have to walk this path alone.

      Thank you for your support and appreciation. Let us go forth and live our dream of freedom.

  12. Hi Debashish,

    Thank you for this real honest guide to daring to keep going with our dreams! I often see articles on changing careers that tend to gloss over some raw facts, that are an inevitable part of such a move. We’re often encouraged to dream big, not realizing it can get very hard to keep on track once the initial enthusiasm has faded.

    I especially identify with the idea of not even starting on projects because of our fears. Yep, we are very good at fabricating all sorts of (seemingly valid) excuses, simply because we are too afraid to take the plunge…

    1. Hey Andrea,

      Ah! The good old fear of failure! Where would we be today if it hadn’t been part of the human psyche since the days of the cave man?

      I can totally relate to what you’re saying about fabricating all sorts of excuses. However, I have found a way that seems to work for me – imagine the worst possible outcome, and plan a response in for that worst case scenario. This simple exercise helps me break free from the clutches of fear.

      Thank you for reading and appreciating the article.

  13. Thanks for the great reminders of what it takes to realize dreams, and thanks for sharing how you have overcome the barriers of your personal circumstances!

    How do you make sure you keep focused on “the right” tasks? With so many goals and external factors competing for our attention, how do we make better decisions about where to channel our energy?

    I recently heard the suggestion to periodically schedule a single day away to make such decisions. Every 90 days or so, you will have decided which priorities receive your attention for the following 90 days.

    What techniques do you use to stay focused on what matters without being overwhelmed?

    1. Thank you for the great comment and the brilliant question, Denny!

      It is always hard to decide where to channel our energies when there are so many things competing for our attention. What makes it especially hard is that a system that works for me might not work for you. However, there are general guidelines one can follow.

      I find it easier to get things done when I schedule them. My scheduling and review process looks something like this – Set monthly goals before the beginning of the year, check on progress at the end of every month, revise goals (if needed) half way through the year. In the short term, I plan one week ahead on Sundays (based on my goals for the month), write down 3-5 tasks I must get done the next day, review my weekly progress next Sunday.

      You will have to experiment to see if this system work for you, or even if the 90 day system works for you. Whenever you feel like a system is helping you to get more things done in a week, stick to it.

      But I don’t really have an answer to how to make sure we’re focusing on the right tasks. All I can do is quote Steve Jobs, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backward.” Follow your heart in what you do, and trust that they will lead you in the right direction.

  14. Great Post! Had a great time reading it. The best takeaway for me from this blog is that it is important to have the courage to take the first step by believing in your dreams. And, once you take the first step keep working toward it with persistence!

    1. That’s an awesome takeaway. Believing in your dreams and taking that first step is where everyone starts.

      Thank you for reading and appreciating the blog, Neha!

  15. Thank you Debashish! Always wonderful to read supportive articles like this. Doing the counter-intuitive thing can be really challenging, especially at first or when various friends and family are urging in the direction of so called “common sense”. The NLP teacher I trained under raised a very interesting point made by Alfred Korzybski on this during the training I took, basically it ran that if you wish to be successful look at what everyone else is doing and do the opposite, something that was rather liberating.

    Standing out and doing what you truly wish to do in life takes a certain degree of courage and an ability to detach from other peoples beliefs. It is great to see you supporting people in doing this and reaching beyond what they may otherwise have gained from life.

    Thank you for sharing your writing with the world, and sharing your dreams and what you are doing to achieve them, it serves as an inspiration!

    1. Thank you, Stephen!

      The Alfred Korzybski teaching you shared reminds me of the Mark Twain quote, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

      It is heartening to know that I have the support of people like you when I put my words out in the public. It makes me want to write more. So, thank you.

  16. Hi Debashish
    Thanks for the inspiring read.

    I can fully associate with the words “It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Watching time go by as your dream just stays a dream. Everyday your dream fades away just a little bit more in the busyness of the real world.”

    I have bouts of a debilitating illness and the most frustrating thing is feeling life passing me by. However, I think after many, many challenges I’ve now decided to embrace my illness for what it is and for the opportunities it has brought into my life. So now I have different dreams and I have a blog to help inspire other people.

    My main challenge at the moment is related to fear. I know my blog will work better if it’s more personal and I “reveal” more of my experiences. For some reason, probably out of embarrassment, I am reluctant to do that in front of my friends so I tend not to publicise the blog to them. Strange, huh? It’s a real mental block and I’m trying to see my way around it.

    Anyway, thanks for your inspiration and it’s certainly made me think about my own way forward.

  17. You are an inspiration, Pete! You have found the courage to accept what most people can’t even imagine living with for one day!

    Hats off to you and your efforts in talking about it on your blog.

    I had a similar problem publicizing my blog to my friends. I was afraid that they would reject me if they found out that I didn’t see the world the same way they did. I managed to keep it a secret for nearly 2 years, but when they found out I was surprised by their reaction. They appreciated what I was writing, and felt inspired by it. They encouraged me to keep writing more. I was uncomfortable talking about it, but over time I realized that I was doing them a disservice by hiding them from it.

    I do not actively promote it even now, but I don;t try to hide it either. Keep writing and inspiring others. You will find your friends will love and respect you for it.

  18. Debashish,
    Thank you. Thank you for the reminder that I can do this. This article has now been a great motivator twice over.

    I read part of this article a couple of weeks ago when I first started considering beginning my own blog and writing. The motivation has been building for the past several years as I have watched my husband struggle with jobs he hates. He does this so that I can stay home to raise and teach our daughter, and my eternal gratitude for him doing so comes with a broken heart. I will say that the first time I read this I did not make it to number 5, but if I had I could have saved myself a couple of weeks of procrastinating.

    A few days ago I finally committed and I couldn’t agree more that “deciding to take the first step” is crucial and I also think that “using money to move closer to your dreams” is spot on. Those of us who decide to go for our dreams need to remember that this money is an investment in ourselves and that we are worth it.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Amanda!

      I can not even imagine how painful it must be to see your husband suffer in a job he hates, even if he does so for his family. It is amazing that you decided to start blogging and writing as a way of sharing the burden with him. Kudos to you.

      If you are looking for a resource to help set up your blog and start writing, you can check this out: http://www.beginnerblogging.net/

  19. RE: ” Counter-intuitive, isn’t it? Why would you choose to do something that scares the hell out of you? Especially when you lack the energy and focus to tackle it?
    I took ages to start a blog. I wanted to write, but I was afraid of sharing it in public. What if people didn’t like it? What if I put it out there and no one reads it? Would I be able to keep coming up with good topics to write about? What if I failed as a writer?”

    One of my favorite quotes is from the movie “My Sister’s Keeper” and it says “It’s not brave if you’re not scared” and it is the first thing that popped in my head when I read that section. I can relate 100% to your feelings of being afraid to share. It is a very scary thing to put yourself out there, showing your heart and soul to the world, not sure how they will react!! I am about 11 days into chasing my dreams that I let fall to the wayside for so long. It is nice to know there is another writer out there who shared the same feelings!! Thank you =)

    1. Thanks, Heather!

      I love the quote you shared! A very appropriate definition of bravery, especially when it comes to being vulnerable in your writing.

      Congratulations on starting the pursuit of your dreams. Wish you all the best for the journey ahead.

  20. “Realize that enjoying what you do is a good thing.” So true, but when it comes to the things I love – writing and coaching, I still tend to get to it last and instead do all the stuff I don’t like first! Of course this leaves me tired and frustrated. I really need to get this sorted! Thank you :)

    1. I used to be the same way, Nicola! In fact, last month I attended a corporate training session where they taught us the principle of “eat the frog”. They suggested that we get our biggest, most unlikable task done before everything else.

      I saw many people nod their heads, but I was thinking different. I knew that doing an unlikable task (or keeping your most enjoyable task for the last) only consumes your energy throughout the day. By the time you get to what you want to actually do, you will never be able to give it your all.

      We could all use a reminder to do what we enjoy first.

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