45 Lists to Make When You Feel Overwhelmed

The truth is, I love making lists, I will make a list for everything! Shopping lists, blog ideas, YouTube ideas, a list for my goals and of course a to-do list. Lists help me stay organised and help me prioritise the things I need to do as well as focus on the things which are important. They are a simple way to organise your mind and your day-to-day, you can write all of your ideas and your to-do’s onto your phone or your notebook. Without making lists I feel overwhelmed and stressed, lists help me organise my thoughts and helps me see that life isn’t as chaotic as I believed. 

Now, I know what you’re thinking, surely writing 45 lists would make you feel even more overwhelmed? Well, you of course don’t need to write a list for each bullet point below, these are simply ideas. I’m also sharing below some of the benefits of making lists.

Lists can reduce stress

We have a lot of thoughts going on in our minds everyday and without getting those thoughts out of your mind and on top paper it can be extremely overwhelming and stressful. By creating creating lists you are freeing your mind of all those thoughts and allowing yourself to create order.

Lists help us prioritise

Creating lists can help you focus on what’s important and prioritise what you need to get done. When your mind if full of to-do’s, it can be difficult to know what you need to d first and what requires your urgent attention. When you create a list and have it all laid out in front of you, it makes it a lot easier to prioritise things. 

Lists help us achieve our goals

By writing your goals out every so often you are more likely to achieve them, this is because by writing them down it becomes more real and you take more action towards them. Whether you write down your weekly, monthly or yearly goals, make a habit of writing them consistently for both your personal life and your business.

For home

  1. Bills to pay
  2. Grocery list
  3. Money to save
  4. New recipes to cook
  5. General shopping list
  6. Meal prep for the week
  7. Items you want to return
  8. Housework you need to do
  9. D.I.Y: Things to renovate or repair
  10. De-clutter: Things to bins or donate

For You

  1. Reading List
  2. Gratitude List
  3. Pamper ideas
  4. Self-care ideas
  5. Places you want to visit
  6. Films you want to watch
  7. Appointments you need to make
  8. Things which are making you stressed
  9. Restaurants and bars you want to visit
  10. Your favourite memories, today, this month, this year…

 For motivation

  1. Your values
  2. Things that inspire you
  3. Things you want to learn
  4. Your goals this month/ year
  5. People you admire and why
  6. New hobbies you want to try
  7. Things you love about yourself
  8. Your favourite inspirational quotes
  9. Bucket list (what you wish to accomplish in the future)
  10. Reverse bucket list (what you have accomplished so far in your life)

For bloggers

  1. Blog post ideas
  2. Blog posts to read
  3. Monetising ideas
  4. Blogging goals for the year
  5. Blogging goals for the month
  6. Ideas to grow your blog traffic
  7. Ideas to grown your email list
  8. Bloggers you want to connect with
  9. Freebies to create for email subscribers
  10. Photographs to take for your blog and Instagram

For your loved ones

  1. Gift ideas for___
  2. Date night ideas
  3. Things you love about ___
  4. Presents you need to buy
  5. Birthday cards you need to buy

Which lists do you like to write when you feel a little overwhelmed?

Laura x

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The Comments

  • Indya | TheSmallAdventurer

    Writing lists is one of my favourite things to do. It’s something that will benefit me later on, yet it doesn’t feel daunting to do. It’s a nice, relaxing way to help organise my life and incredibly scattered thoughts! I might write a few of these tonight ☺️


    • Those Positive Thoughts
      > Indya | TheSmallAdventurer

      Hi Indya πŸ™‚ I completely agree, it can be such a calming and relaxing thing to do. Thanks for commenting, I hope you are well πŸ™‚

  • An Aurous Author

    Love this so much! Saved this post and will definitely be using this when I need to. Thank you!

  • Kathy

    I love making lists! This is a great list of lists:-)

  • Melissa

    When I feel overwhelmed I need to make very detailed lists. So I will know what time to do them and finish them!

    xx, Melissa

    • Those Positive Thoughts
      > Melissa

      I’m exactly the same, I always feel more relaxed and in control when I have a list and a plan πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting x

  • Karen

    Love these list ideas. They’re great and really do help.

  • Amanda

    This is such a great list of lists! I totally agree…Brain dumping/writing everything down when I feel overwhelmed can really help because it forces me to organize all my thoughts and helps me develop a game plan to tackle it all!

    • Those Positive Thoughts
      > Amanda

      Hi Amanda, I completely agree, writing lists can be such a relaxing thing to do. Thanks for commenting ????

  • Rhonda Swan

    These list ideas can be so helpful! Thanks for sharing, and keep living unstoppable!

    • Those Positive Thoughts
      > Rhonda Swan

      Hi Rhonda, I’m so glad you found the lists helpful! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  • Molly

    I’m literally gonna make 45 lists haha!! Thank you for sharing!