What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed

Are there so many things you want to do that you don’t know where to start? Or have you taken on so many projects and tasks that you feel totally stressed out about how you’re ever going to get it all done?

Here’s a few tips that will hopefully help you find some clarity about how to move forward.

3 Tips For Dealing With Overwhelm

Prioritize

What needs to be done RIGHT NOW? (Like really, actually, urgently needs to be done TODAY.)

Are there any tasks/actions/events that are dependent on achieving other tasks/actions? (In other words, are there any things that need to be done in a certain order?)

Do you have a system for keeping track of the things you need and want to do? When you’ve got a lot going on, it really helps to have systems. At the very least try making a list of what needs to be done now and a list of what can wait until later.

If you don’t have any tasks that are urgent or must be done in a certain order, then what do you want to do first? What is most important to you?

Simplify

What is the simplest way you can make a bit of progress on the things you need/want to do?

Can you reduce your stress level by going for “good enough for now” instead of “perfect” and exactly what you want?

Is there an easier way to do any of the things you have/want to do?

How can you make things simpler?

(If you’re having trouble with this, I can help!)

Reschedule

If you’ve taken on too many projects for other people then you have a few choices.

Run yourself into the ground trying to get everything done.

Outsource the things you can and hope and pray that everything turns out alright.

Reschedule. Admit that you’ve taken on too much and ask a few people if they mind pushing things back a bit.

Rescheduling is probably the best option.

I hope these tips will help you go through everything you need/want to do and organize it so that you can move forward without feeling so overwhelmed.

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