When you’re depressed, it’s very difficult to get anything accomplished.  Your motivation is non-existent and you may have anxiety about things you need to do.  PsychCentral says don’t wait for motivation to come to you because it isn’t likely to happen.

Depression also affects your self-esteem, so be sure to be kind to yourself.  Depression can also cause difficulty in making decisions.  So be patient with yourself.

In order to accomplish tasks when you’re depressed, it helps to write down what you need to do.  Then take each task and break it down into smaller tasks.  Set a timer for 10 minutes (or however long you desire) and work on completing those tasks until the timer goes off.  Reward yourself for what you’ve accomplished so far.  A piece of chocolate, some time outside, reading a bit of a book, working on a hobby…anything you find enjoyable.

Keep working on your tasks throughout the day.

PsychCentral.com advises behaving like something is already true.  So when you get up in the morning, behave as though it’s going to be a great day.  Get dressed or showered and, while being gentle with yourself, tackle your To Do List.

Be sure to mark off items that you have completed on your “To Do” list as this brings a feeling of accomplishment.

Some people have more luck with a “Done” list as opposed to a “To Do” list.  This is simply another way to mark your progress by writing down all the things you’ve done.

Depression affects our self-esteem, our energy levels and motivation.  So you are really fighting a battle to get things done.  Be proud of yourself for whatever tasks you accomplish.  Mark it off your “To Do” list, write it on your “Done” list or mark it off your schedule.  The important thing is to keep trying and keep going.

SOURCE:  psychcentral.com/blog/3-strategies-for-getting-thing-done-when-you’re-depressed, Margarita Tartkovsky


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