Feeling overwhelmed? Success Tips for Dealing with Overload
Overload isn’t just about having too much to do. When you’re overwhelmed, you often feel stuck because there’s so much to do that you don’t know where to start. Overloading can send you spinning in circles.
Strategies to help you cope with overwhelm
Ask, “What is the most important thing you need to do right now?” Focus on that one thing. Many “urgent” things are not as important as you think.
I suggest you step back and see the big picture. What exactly are you trying to do? It’s possible to get so caught up in the details that you lose sight of what you really need to do. If the task seems too big, break it down into small, easy-to-do steps.
If you’re struggling to make a decision, just do something, it doesn’t matter what, do the first thing that comes to mind. You will soon find out if this is the right decision for you. Just change your decision if it’s obvious you can make a better choice.
If you’re faced with too many distractions, decide not to check your email or answer the phone for the next two hours. Take control and enjoy uninterrupted time to focus.
Focus on one thing at a time and finish the task before starting something else. Switching between tasks can be a waste of energy and a waste of time.
If you really have too much work, tell your boss or family how you feel, you may be pleasantly surprised by the support you receive.
- Do I really have to do this?
- Should it be done now?
- Is it a job that could be done less often?
- Who can help me do it?
If you need to do it now and can’t delegate it, we recommend you do it sooner rather than later. The longer you wait to start, the more energy you’ll spend thinking about it and the more overwhelmed you’ll feel. Better to spend your energy actually doing the work and then experience the reward of completing it.
If you’ve been procrastinating and feeling overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done, we suggest you review this article and decide exactly what your next step will be. Remember – all you have to do now is take the best first step you can to reduce your experience of overload.
Ask yourself, “What is the best use of my time right now?” This will help you stay on track and nip overwhelm in the bud.
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