You know, I was thinking about this today. If I had to start over, I would focus on the A Major scale. After tuning the guitar, I would play A to A 6th to 12st strings leaving to beats on each end (you should be able to find that pattern out there somewhere, start with middle finger on 6th fret 6th string, then one finger per fret). I would practice it over and over, also doing variations (thirds, string skipping, up four notes and back through the whole thing, etc). In addition to that exercise, I would learn the I-IV-V chords (A Major, D Major and E Major). I would learn them with different strum patterns, then I would find every song I could with those chords.
Once I felt comfy with that, I would move to the D Major key. Same pattern on scales, just a different location, or I might look at the pattern that starts the root on the 5th string). I-IV-V in that scale are D, G, A, so I just have to learn one new chord. Then I can work on transcribing some of the previous stuff I learned from the key of A to the key of D, as well as learn some of the other tunes out there. In the key of D, the ii chord is also an easy one, so I could E minor to the mix and look for more tunes.
I would rinse and repeat the process for the key of G (I-ii-IV-V are G, Am, C, D -- adding C and Am to the mix). Also Em is the vi chord, so I get to look for more progressions as well as transcribing earlier stuff.
Then comes C Major. The dread F Major chord. I could work on little F, before trying to tackle barre F. So, in this key we could do I-ii-iii-IV-V-vi, i.e. C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am). Lots of new progressions, more transcriptions, continued discovery of the fretboard, etc.
I have come to the conclusion that starting in C is only really useful in classical, or Latin-y stuff. For most of the popular stuff that you find to try and learn, I think this would have been a quicker way to have progressed. I am too far along now, but that's how I would advise someone starting out. Comments.
The reason I went through the diatribe above, is a feeble attempt to help Neesa overcome her feeling of being overwhelmed. I probably failed, because opinions are like... well, you know where I am going.