Write a “have-done” list instead of a “to-do” list
Admit it: Staring at a mile-long to-do list is a panic attack waiting to happen. Put your list-making skills to good use by flipping it around and writing a have-done list, naming all the things you’ve accomplished recently, suggests Lisa Hutchison, a licensed mental health counselor. And they don’t have to be big things! Even seeing “paid electric bill” or “remembered to feed dog” as done will give you a little boost, reminding you of what a superstar you really are. (Have you done any of these 30 easy tasks that will start your day off right?) Sometimes it just takes seeing it in black and white to make you realize everything you really accomplish, she says.