“You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.”
Often we have so much on our list, so much in our head and so much planned for the future that we start to feel overwhelmed. While sitting at our desk in this present moment we are planning what we are going to do later, tomorrow, next week, next months.. and without even knowing this we bring us in this state of disconnection, stress and overextension in which we can’t see clear anymore.
The Problems of being overwhelmed:
- if you struggle with anxiety: this could be a reason
- makes you feel stuck
- most likely the reason why we say “I just can’t” and then stop taking action completely
- kills the motivation you got left
- very demotivating and frustrating
- creates self doubt
… and many more
How to get yourself out of it:
Sit down and take some time for yourself, think about all the stuff you have already accomplished.. today, this week, the last year and in your whole life. Write down all of those things, write down what you are proud of. Then look at this list. Do you need to feel overwhelmed with what going on right now or can you trust in your ability to get through this?
Journal. Write down exactly how you feel, find out why you feel that way – try to get to the root of your overextension. If you understand the way you feel and find out why exactly you feel that way it will be easier to deal with it and it will help you to find a good solution, which will then help you to prevent such things for the future. If you practice journaling in the right way it can be like self-therapy.
Make a List. Write down all your goals, ideas, to do’s and put those things into good and detailed categories. Like long-term goals, short-term goals, etc. Create this exactly the way it fits best for you but also don’t worry too much about the arrangement because this would, once again, cause you to feel overwhelmed. The point is to get all of this out of your head so you don’t have to think about it all the time but also don’t have to worry about forgetting about something.
Prioritize and simplify. Maybe while writing this or when reading through it you find out that there are some goals that are not that important, or just not fitting in your time management right now. That is okey. Just cancel them or put them on another list for “later”. Also set priorities. What needs to be done first, what can wait. What is more important to you then other things?
Create your Action-Plan. I’ve talked about this for like 100 times so I am not going to go into much detail right now. Basically your Action Plan is a list of all your goals in which you wrote down each and every little or big step you need to take in order to reach your goal. To find out exactly how to make it read those blogposts: Make a Plan & How to plan your yearly goals.
Introduce your parking lot. This is something I just started doing on my own and it helped me a lot. Whenever something comes to my mind, whatever it is – a to do, an idea,.. – I put it into my parking lot. On Sundays, when I plan for the next week I look through my parking lot and decide if and how I can fit in those things in the next weeks/months. You can also look through this list if you got some free-time and don’t know what exactly to do.
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