It seems like every day is a struggle between an endless to-do list and a limited amount of time to get it all done in. This struggle can make us feel extremely overwhelmed, triggering us into habits that make us less productive and keep us from getting things done. When the day ends, we then feel a crushing sense of guilt and anger for not having accomplished what we set out to do.
Sounds familiar, right?
Goals can be inspiring and can help create the life we absolutely love living. On the other hand, setting too many goals can also make us feel overwhelmed up to the point where we can’t move forward.
Don’t worry, Queen! There are ways to get rid of that paralyzing sense of being overwhelmed by our list of tasks, to feel better towards our goals, and to handle our to-do lists like a pro!
Pick one thing. Feeling overwhelmed often happens when you feel like you have too much to do, but here’s the thing…regardless of how much you have to do, you can only do one thing at a time periodt. Contrary to popular belief, multi-tasking is not doing more than one thing at a time, but rather stopping one thing and doing another repeatedly. No matter what, you can only do one thing at a time, so pick that one thing and focus on just that. The idea of only doing one thing at a time may seem stressful because it will feel like you’re ignoring important projects that need to get done but give it a try! Pick one thing out of your to-do list and tell yourself: I will only focus on this right now until I finish (or until I reach a certain point). Act as if finishing this one thing, and not your entire to-do list at once, is your immediate priority. You will find this raises your productivity level because you’ll be able to focus without feeling overwhelmed about everything else you need to do.
Get excited. If you feel overwhelmed about a certain task, chances are you dread doing it. And, even if you were to clear out your entire schedule just to focus on this one task, you may still find yourself procrastinating because you dread it so much. So, here’s what you do…change your physical state into a positive one by turning on your favorite song, sitting up tall, smiling, dancing, singing, whatever. Then, imagine yourself doing your designated task while getting excited about it. Fake the excitement if necessary but do it. Go through the steps of the task in your mind (quickly, don’t get too crazy with the details) while being excited! Picture yourself finishing this task and doing a happy dance and rewarding yourself somehow. Get excited even if it feels fake at first. The more you do it, the more you’ll believe it, and the more you’ll want to get it done.
Break it down. Maybe, you’re feeling overwhelmed not because you have too much to do or because you are not excited enough, but because your project just feels too big to tackle. The trick to take the pressure off a major task is to break it down into actionable steps in order to make it more manageable. So, take out a sheet of paper (or an excel spreadsheet or something like that) and break down the steps for your task. Just make sure it’s not so many steps that the process feels bigger than it should be. This is a great exercise not only because it helps to curb the dread that comes with being overwhelmed, but also because it helps you see the steps involved in completing your goal and aids in the planning and execution of it. You’ll find you’ll do a better job at anything if you break it down into smaller, digestible steps.
Time it out. Carve out a reasonable amount of time to focus on a task, just one task. Then, set an alarm. Once that alarm goes off, you’re done. Either go take a break or move on to another task. It is crazy how much easier it is to get something done when you tell yourself: I’m only going to work on this for 20-minutes. I promise you’ll find that you work harder in those 20-minutes than you would if you had given yourself all day to do it. But more importantly, it takes off so much pressure. It makes whatever you’re doing feel easier and lighter.
Think of why. When we look at the bigger picture, we often find the strength needed to get through a particularly difficult to-do list. When we know why we do what we do, it makes it easier to actually do. When a job feels bigger than us, we put more effort into it. Whether the reason ‘why’ is for yourself, your children, the success of your company, or to impact those around you, for example, focus on that. Remember that, and you’ll find the motivation you need to get through.
Reward yourself and celebrate your wins. Take time to recognize what you did right. Success is a marathon, not a sprint. You’re in this for the long haul, so you might as well treat yourself along the way, Queen.
If you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or unmotivated by your goal, ask yourself:
"What is the one thing I can do today to move closer towards my goal?"
You’ll learn that if you’re calm about your ambitions, you become more confident and can achieve what you set out to do.
“I’m overwhelmed” becomes “I can do this.”
“There’s so much to do” becomes “I’ll take it one step at a time.”
“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.”—Anatole France
Choose the path of least resistance and just do something (anything) that is going to help you move the ball forward towards your goal. Just keep taking those small steps again and again, Queen.
You will find that by taking consistent action (no matter how small) you will start (and keep) moving forward. And, before you know it, that goal of yours that once had you feeling so overwhelmed and stuck will soon be your new reality. Happy building, Queen!#rp #share #queenshealingqueens #mysisterskeeper #wegotus
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