Overwhelmed by Too Many Tasks and Not Enough Hours?

Basket-Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed? Take something out of your basket of time.

Being overwhelmed seems to be a natural state for many people in today’s world.

In fact, I’ve noticed that it can sometimes be an expectation and a badge of honor.

Think about it. In some circles, if you’re not constantly overwhelmed, doesn’t it feel like you’re doing something wrong? Not doing enough?

But in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Feeling overloaded and overwhelmed does nothing but drain your energy and hamper our productivity. It’s at once a modern-day fact-of-life and an unhelpful mindset that you can change.

So today I want to share 3 tips to help you step away from this energy drain and into enhanced focus, creativity, and energy!

3 Timely Tips for When You’re Overwhelmed

Accept Reality.

This provides your based for dealing with the stresses and strains of daily life. We each have 24-hours every day – no more and no less. What you do with those 24-hours — your time choices — define the quality and content of your life. This is enormous – and it’s a reality that many of us struggle to take in.

It helps to think of time as a container. It’s the container that holds everything else in your life. I use the image of a basket. Making it concrete like this helps you see that your time only holds so much, no matter what you do.

Take a deep breath and let yourself sit with this reality.

Observe Reality.

Get ready to be surprised, because when you really observe how you spend your time — and do it without judgment — you’ll see things you weren’t conscious of. And in all likelihood, you’ll become aware of areas where you can easily reclaim precious minutes and hours. I’m talking about time that you ‘lose’ on the internet, for example.

Be as open and as observant as you can – and observe yourself often, especially as you get started with this. There are great benefits to be reaped from this exercise.

Affect Reality.

Here’s where the rubber meets the road. You can remove items from your basket. Now that you know what you’ve got in there, the next step is to start organizing, prioritizing, and letting go.

To do this, I suggest that you picture yourself taking everything out of your basket and putting it all on a table.

Next, ask yourself 3 questions:

  • If I can only do 5 things today, what will they be?
  • What if I have time for just 3 things? What will I choose?
  • If I do ONE thing today, what is my priority?

By answering these simple questions, you create a clear hierarchy of value for yourself.

Decide how many of these things it’s reasonable to do today and return them to your basket, starting with the ONE thing that you’ve identified as most important.

In the space that is left, you’ll deal with as many of the other tasks and priorities as you’re able.

Still Overwhelmed? Here’s One More Tip

This is where letting go comes in. Having prioritized what’s most important to you, and accepted that time is not limitless, you now have the opportunity to exercise the gentle art of letting go.

You have the power to release the chorus of ‘shoulds’ that tell you you’re not doing enough. Affirm that it’s okay to live in reality and not burden yourself with outlandish expectations. This is a choice you can make for yourself, each and every moment.

So, here’s to your time success!

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