Life happens. Sometimes, it happens all at once. And then you're left there processing a LOT of information and feeling overwhelmed. The easiest thing to do when in overwhelm mode is to stop. It's so easy to be like a turtle - just withdraw into your shell and let all the things fall. Or distract ourselves by hopping onto the next thing without completely finishing the initial thing.
It happens to the best of us. Best thing to do is be prepared! Take me for example. As I mentioned in my last post, I've made quite a few important life and business decisions in the past couple of months. Processing all that and then accessing all the new action steps I need to take going forward, yup, you know where I'm going with this. I experienced overwhelm. It's not the first time it's happened, so I knew what to do. I had a strategy in place.
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So should you! Here are the 3 steps I took to handle the overwhelm of my ever growing to-do list:
1. Brain Dump
Write out a list of all the things you need to do, you think you need to do, you feel like you need to do - you get the idea. Get it out of your head and onto paper. Now, I like lists. That's the way my brain works. You can create mind maps, circles, squares, bullet points - whatever works for you. Just get everything on paper.
Afterwards, start the process of prioritizing. Yes, the process. We tend to think that everything is important. Obviously, that's not true. I like to group my list items into "priority" and "not a priority". Then, go a step further. Look at the items in the priority bucket and ask:
Which needed to be done first?
Were there any items that were sequential?
Which can be be done in 10 minutes?
Which require quality time?
Once you answer those questions, you can create a truly prioritized list of things to do.
Now that you have your priorities, select one or two to tackle. Don't focus on what you haven't done - focus on the one or two things you are doing. Batch your to-do items to get maximum efficiency. Take small steps. Those steps will help you move forward. You might move slowly, but progress is progress.
Here's a graphic to remind you of the 3 simple steps to handle overwhelm.
I encourage you to apply these steps. Tackle your to-do list. Build that momentum. Feel the satisfaction of checking off that item. Be a Champion!
Remember to smile, laugh, and love!