The Bare Minimum
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

The Bare Minimum

Start from the beginning.

97
The Bare Minimum
Just Do It

Lately, I’ve been horribly depressed. When we get depressed, it feels as if the universe is zapping away all our energy into some endless black hole in outer space, making even the simplest tasks feel like your climbing Mt. Everest. Don't worry if you feel zapped, you are not the only one, hence why coffee was invented. If you are like me, there is simply no time to be zapped dry out of energy. You have a million and one responsibilities all due in under a minute it feels like. In order to stay as productive as possible, follow these 3 steps:

1) Make a List

Write down a checklist of everything you must get done today.

2) Golden Rule: One (1)

START. Try to complete at least 1 task on your To-Do list for that day. ‘Just Do It’ is a slogan for a reason. Seeing everything on your list all at once may seem daunting, but start with one item and begin by taking the first steps to complete it.

3) Be Proud and Keep Going!


‘Once you finish, check it off, be proud of yourself for accomplishing a goal on your list, and try to keep going and finish the list.

*Bare Minimum Standard: Complete at least 1 task on your To-Do list.*

I have found that this really can help no matter how depressed, sick & tired, unmotivated, and exhausted you may be feeling. Even if you only do one item on your list, you still accomplished something today: The Bare Minimum!

Example:

To-Do

-Class Paper

-Work a Shift

- Exercise for 30 mins

-Schedule my doctor’s appointment

-Get out of Bed

So far today, I have only managed to get out of bed. That may not seem like a huge achievement, but when your depressed, it’s a big deal. You probably won’t feel like it was a major accomplishment, and if so, let that motivate you to keep checking off items on your list. Now that I am out of bed, even though I am feeling like utter shit, I know I will feel worse riddled with regret if I don’t try to keep going and do at least 1 (one) more item on my list. Next, I will try to complete my 3 page paper for my gender class. The first step is brainstorming ideas for the paper. The next step is creating an outline. The next step would be opening up the word document blank page. The next step is would be to start typing it.

Little by little, you will make progress throughout the process, step by step. Be kind with yourself, try your best, know your limits, and NEVER GIVE UP!!! You can do it, and if you are reading this, you have already accomplished today by learning about the BARE MINIMUM STANDARD! So go treat yo’self and just remember, O N Eis the golden rule.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

72178
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

133947
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments