Be Super Productive Even While Feeling Overwhelmed
It has been said that overwhelm is one of the most destructive emotions and actually contributes to the destruction of people’s lives and their businesses. This feeling most likely develops when we are trying to deal with too many things at once that seems out of our control or trying to change these tasks too quickly. The perception that there is just more than we can handle is expressed by signs of grief, helplessness and eventually depression.
The Short List
Most likely we all have dealt with this and have a few good ways to get through it. My most relied on methods are:
- reevaluate and re-focus by listing on paper what is most important in this situation.
- Decide on the one most important thing to focus on.
- Prioritize the remaining list. Write down a brief empowering meaning to each.(especially #1)
- Get started on the top one on the list. Take action and show some important progress on #1
- List small progresses and cheer about them.
Darren Rowse wrote a very interesting post the other day on ProBlogger.com that also clarified a few things about handling overload. I like the warm tone to his writing and he seems to grab my attention often. I feel confident that he has worked through his share of overload in his eight plus years of blogging and I hope you get the same impression from his content. It surprised me to learn that with all the effort he puts into his photography and twitter he still has time for ProBlogger.com. Lucky for us that he does. you can check his post out at http://www.problogger.com/.
What I do When Feeling overwhelmed
- Get active! Physically move your body to engage the brain …and then find that one most important thing. You can do remarkable things and you CAN create your own ‘break-through”.
- After my mind clears a bit I meditate or take walk and repeat affirmations that guide me toward my bigger goal.
- Often, I recall that lack of sleep may have brought on feeling overwhelmed. write out a plan to be more effective and still get enough sleep.
- Make a list of priority’s vs. a ‘To-Do ‘ list. Eliminate “make-work” items from your list
Ah, I feel better. I am no longer feeling overwhelmed. Add writing a fun post to the list.