Computer Arts - - Special Report -

“It’s en­tirely nat­u­ral to feel over­whelmed from time to time,” says Dan Don­ald, fron­tend lead at Au­toTrader Life. “That might be at home or at work. I know when I have a de­pres­sive spell, which comes around ev­ery month or two, it can hap­pen to a greater ef­fect. There have been loads of times over the years where I’ve not al­ways dealt with it that well, and it’s taken a long time for me to feel like I’m back on top of things.”

What he’s found is that, when you can, it helps to just limit your fo­cus right down to: ‘What’s the one thing I can do, right now?’ “It’s about not be­ing dis­tracted by the amount or breadth of what there is to deal with, but in­stead just fo­cus­ing on that one task,” he ex­plains. “It might be send­ing an email or do­ing the wash­ing up. But what­ever it is, take a mo­ment to pause and feel good about that one thing you have done.”

This one-step-at-a-time ap­proach might seem like a no-brainer but it isn’t al­ways easy to do, so you need to com­mit to the process, he says. “Pause and be pos­i­tive about do­ing tasks. Cel­e­brat­ing what you have done, rather than feel­ing crushed by the weight of all that you haven’t yet achieved, can re­ally help lift your mood.”

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