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  • Writer's pictureMadhurima Sappatti

Mastering Work-Home Boundaries: The Ultimate Guide to Stress Management and Overcoming Overwhelm with a Dual To-Do List System

Stress Management and Overwhelm Prevention gets easy with this fun to-do list tip!
Stress Management and Overwhelm Prevention gets easy with this fun to-do list tip!

In the ever-evolving landscape of remote work, managing stress and preventing overwhelm is crucial for maintaining a healthy balance between professional and personal life. Today, we're exploring a simple yet incredibly effective stress management tip that can transform the way you approach your daily tasks and conquer the overwhelming chaos.

The Concept:

Create two to-do lists – one for work and one for home.

How this Technique Helps in Stress Management and Overcoming Overwhelm:

  1. Preventing Overcrowding for Stress Management:

  • By segregating tasks into two distinct lists, you avoid the overwhelming feeling of a single, overcrowded to-do list. This brings clarity to your priorities and contributes to effective stress management.

  1. Overcoming Overwhelm Through Task Segmentation:

  • Breaking down your tasks into two manageable lists minimizes the feeling of being swamped, allowing you to focus on stress management and tackling one area at a time.

  1. Respecting Boundaries to Alleviate Stress:

  • This strategy fosters clear work and home life boundaries, significantly increasing clarity and decreasing stress. It signals to both yourself and others when it's time to switch gears, minimizing stress triggers.

  1. Allocating Proper Time for Stress Management:

  • With separate lists, you can allocate specific time slots for work and home tasks, a crucial aspect of stress management. This enhances time management and reduces the stress of the unknown.

  1. Taming Task Size Anxiety for Stress Management:

  • Often, tasks seem more large and chaotic in our minds than they are in reality. Writing them down helps break them into manageable steps, a valuable technique for stress management.

  1. Enhancing Focus to Overcome Overwhelm:

  • Distractions are minimized when you focus on one list at a time. This helps you stay concentrated on the task at hand, preventing overwhelming feelings and contributing to effective stress management.

Implementing the Two-To-Do-List System for Stress Management and Overcoming Overwhelm:

  1. Create Clear Categories with Stress Management in Mind:

  2. Set Realistic Expectations for Stress Management:

  3. Add new tasks to corresponding lists immediately:

  4. Regularly Update and Reflect:


By adopting the two-to-do-list approach, you not only manage stress effectively but also streamline your workflow, contributing to an overall strategy for overcoming overwhelm. Embrace this technique to conquer overwhelm, maintain focus, and bring a sense of balance to your work-from-home routine. Your well-being, stress management, and overall productivity will thank you!

Give it a try and let me know how it supports you!

Disclaimer - Not every strategy will fit you 100%. Your needs, wants, and desires, along with tendencies and behaviours might be completely different than someone else's. If you would like to get more support on your stress management journey, especially for your stressors (things that lead you to experience stress), head over to this link to join my Aaramb coaching package and get specific stress management strategies!


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