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It's only Feb, WHY are you overwhelmed already?



Has this month already got you feeling like there is too much to do and not enough time?

And knowing what I know I'd put money down that you made a promise to yourself that this year would be different. But already you’ve found yourself:

  • Taking on too many tasks at once.

  • Setting unrealistic expectations.

  • Not taking care of yourself.

  • And lacking in the organisation department.

And no, I’m not in your head. I’m just good at my job!

Getting back on topic...

So what can you do to alleviate overwhelm in your life?

BREATHE!

Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts and breathe out for four counts.

And once you've got your breath back, here are my favourite four things to do when it all gets too much.


Drop


List your goals and tasks in order of priority and drop the ones that are least important. There are only so many hours in a day and you can only do what you can do. By being selective in making time for the most important tasks you are likely to:

  • save time and mental capacity;

  • stay organised and keep on top of outstanding tasks;

  • continue to be motivated and focused; and

  • prevent stress and anxiety that can come from having too many tasks on the go at once.


Delegate


Delegating tasks when you’re overwhelmed can be incredibly helpful in managing your workload and stress levels.

When you call in some help (paid or not) it takes the pressure off and creates space for you to focus on what’s important.

If you struggle to ask for help or delegate tasks, guilt might be an underlying factor. Checkout my podcast from the Guilt Series (episodes 8-10) for more information.

Delay


Delaying tasks and putting them to the side for a set period of time allows you to prioritise your to do list to ensure that you complete the most important tasks first.

In a nutshell, it takes the pressure off, reduces the stress associated with multitasking and may even provide you with more time to think of creative solutions and better outcomes (which may not be achieved if you attempt to rush through everything).


Do


Put one foot in front of the other and get it done!

If you get stuck on the doing, breaking down tasks into smaller and manageable steps and setting specific timelines can help. This will help you stay focused, motivated and give you a sense of achievement upon completing each step.

Finally, don’t forget to take breaks and reward yourself for completing tasks - this will help to keep you motivated and energised.


Resources


The following podcasts may also be of benefit to you:


I hope you were able to take something away from this blog post, let me know.

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