It often helps me to remind myself that I am my own taskmaster. Therefore, I should be able to say to myself that, yes, the list is big but at least the list has been made. Once a task is on the list, it isn't really going anywhere unless I decide to remove it. Then, I can ask myself to cut me some slack while I fit my learning into the rest of my life.
I always say yes; how could I say no to this face?
Part of the beauty of self-learning, in my mind, is that my schedule can truly be mine as I make it to be. Life carries enough uncertainty and turmoil on its own without me adding to my own stress levels by creating deadlines where they need not be. It's about event-orientation, rather than time-orientation; one of the more healthy ways of living that I've adopted since moving to southern Africa.
There is a fine line between discipline and oppression but we can learn to dance it in application to ourselves.