Life can be very overwhelming at times. Between work, caring for others, laundry, dishes, answering emails, all the things you wish you could be doing, and whatever else that falls on that huge to-do list... it's easy to feel like there's just too much to do with too little time. But letting that feeling overcome you will easily produce a vicious cycle of constant overwhelm.
For the past week I've been struggling with this myself. I found myself wasting time "organizing my thoughts" and making three page long to-do lists. All the time making myself feel even more overwhelmed because I was avoiding the actual work. Finally, while re-organizing my notebook, I came across some notes on the feeling of overwhelm and I came back to my senses.
The feeling of being overwhelmed is just a state of mind which can be altered.
It's just another emotion based on our fear of the future. Once I remembered this, I got back to reality and realized that I had been going about things all wrong. I cleared my mind and reminded myself to take things one at a time. It's all about focus. If your running around like crazy worrying about everything that needs to be done, and trying to do it all at once... guess what, NOTHING will get done.
Instead, give this a try:
Write down, in order of importance, no more than five of the most important things you need to. (Really, it should be more like three. Three is way easier to tackle, plus it's my favorite number!) Then, tackle the first thing on your list. Focus on just that one thing and work on it until it's finished. Next, do the same with the second item, and so on, until it's time to quit for the day. Don't stress too much if you don't get everything on your list finished. Be proud of the fact that you got the most important task finished, then work on the rest tomorrow.
The reason this will work, is because not only are you focusing on one item at a time, but you're only allowing yourself to see a short to-do list. It gives you the empowerment that you can get these things done.
So, take back control, and get yourself focused! Your mind and life will thank you for it.
Always in curiosity and love,
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