definitely a good account of “chunking down” big tasks into smaller steps! sometimes the steps might need to be broken down, too, until you get something that feels manageable.
this is a great method for dealing with overwhelm in general, too. if you’re paralyzed by too much going on & too much to do, make a huge list of everything that has to be done/attended to, put the 5 easiest things on a separate list, and start doing those. refresh the smaller list as needed. (& once you get momentum, switch to the 5 highest-yield tasks, if you can).
similar strategies can work for the dreaded full-stop (which can happen after losing/leaving a job, leaving school, completing large projects, etc…i get this during staycations, sometimes). in the full-stop, there’s little to no familiar structure, and that “listless” feeling discussed above can set in, but really bad. don’t know what to do, and none of the habits are there to keep you moving. i usually respond to this by trying to figure out the best possible course of action, which, frankly, is a terrible approach. i just end up spinning my wheels in indecision, and often end up frustrated and depressed.
best thing i’ve found for that is making a huge list of things i need to do (groceries, cleaning, etc) & things that might help. then do the “5 easiest things” list, just to get me moving again. course corrections are a lot easier in motion than from a standstill.