Have you ever felt like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew?
Work commitments. To-do lists. Hobby projects. Managing the house. Looking after a sick cat. Planning and preparing for exciting projects. And completely underestimating how long all of the different pieces might take.
And even when you set supposedly realistic goals for the day, you are unable to finish them. So what gives?
From what I’ve noticed when creating my goals for the day, there are a few things at play here.
- I don’t realize just how long something might take – especially when it comes to creating something – a piece of writing, a painting, cooking – sometimes, time estimates are way off!
- I don’t factor in just how tired I am. Sometimes the thought of all the things I’ve listed out overwhelms me to the extent that I keep putting things off until tomorrow. And then panic when I realize “tomorrow” is here and I haven’t even started what was supposed to be done and out.
- I don’t give myself time off – no rest days to do nothing – just unwind, disconnect, have some fun.
- Fear of missing out – I tend to sign up for a ton of webinars and mini-courses and summits, and then the thought of actually doing any of them, and then also working on my own thing, sends me running for cover.
Now that I’ve noticed these patterns, I’m working on addressing them.
For starters, I’ve simply unsubscribed from a whole bunch of summits, and from a lot of the summit speakers – I noticed that I was never even looking at their free gifts, so clearly – no alignment happening there! And I’ve trimmed my subscriptions down to the few people whose emails I actually look forward to receiving.
I’ve started mind mapping all the ideas that I have floating around in my head. Out of head, on to paper. Less overwhelm. Excellent!
Instead of setting daily goals, I now set weekly goals. It eases the pressure right off and lets me work better with my rhythms and moods.
And finally, I’ve set up my bullet journal. I had come across this before but never really paid it any mind. Then I saw fellow blogger Chandni’s bullet journal photographs on Instagram and I was obsessed. After reading her quick primer on bullet journaling, I was pumped to start mine. I did a bit more research and set mine up at the start of this month. I’ve been using it for most of November and I LOVE it!
So these are my tried-and-tested methods of dealing with overload. Over to you – how do you cope with overwhelm? I’d love to hear your strategies in the comments!
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