A todo is an impending, growing regret. You made the list in order to remember, but soon enough you can’t stand to remember.
Try this on: “As soon as I start, I’ll be done.”
Only starting takes effort. Sit up in bed and you’re up. Dial the phone number and the doctor will see you now.
So what if it’s bullshit and a trick? Anxiety was a bullshit trick first. When you’re derailed, getting onto the rails is the entire task.