Being overwhelmed is not a nice place to be. You either spend your time trying to do everything on you to do list and getting nothing done or you just sit there in a slump feeling anxiety and worry about all the things you have to do and still not getting anything done.
The feeling of so much to do that you in fact to get nothing done is a common feeling of being overwhelmed.
I don’t know about you but As an ambitious entrepreneur who is always striving for success, overwhelm for me means:
- Sprinting to get things done
- Making sacrifices with my health
- Not doing things to my full capacity
- Not sleeping as much as I should be
I’m not gonna lie sometimes those sacrifices need to be made in order to just get things done but… this type of behaviour is a stress response and is not and although it’s a completely natural response in the short term it is not healthy for you in the long term.
So what do we do?
Here are some things that I’ve helped me beat overwhelm:
1. Get Rid Of All Of Those Faulty Thoughts
You need to get rid of all of those faulty thoughts which tell you that you need to get everything done now.
These faulty thoughts are not practical and can make you run around like a headless chicken trying to get everything done. Which causes eveen more stress in the long run.
Progress happens step-by-step little by little.
2) Brain Dump It All Out
Right now your brain is full. In order to beat overwhelm, you need to make sure that your brain has enough capacity to be able to deal with whatever it is you have to deal with.
A brain dump is necessary to beating overwhelm. Whatever is in your head needs to be released so that you have the freedom and space to be able to tackle it head on.
In order to focus your brain needs to be empty. The best way to do a brain dump is to dump everything that’s in your brain on a piece of paper or a notebook.
It doesn’t matter how are you do it all in which order of priority it is, just make sure that everything in your brain is out on that piece of paper.
When you’ve done that you want to highlight The main things you should do now. If these things are on a priority list they would be high priority.
The other things on the list are classed as low priority and are not essential to you moving forward.
It’s okay to say no.
3) Clear Your Mind And Meditate
You don’t need to do this for hours a day just take 10 minutes out of your day each morning to clear your mind.
This will help you focus better and you’ll be more prepared to tackle the day and all the challenges ahead.
4) Establish A Solid Daily Routine
Use your brain dump list to determine which tasks all daily habits should be priority start with those first and then slowly start to incorporate the rest into your daily activities.
Don’t try to incorporate everything back into your routine when you know that was the issue in the past.
I like to use time blocks during the day to help me stay focused and disciplined. If I’ve blocked out two hours each morning to creating content then that’s what I’m gonna do no emails no phone just pure content creation.
That way at least I know I can take one thing off of the day as done.
The things you add into your daily routine should be things that you either love to do or know that it’s going to help you in the long run. For example going to the gym three days a week may not be hot on your to do list but you know that it’s going to help you stay fit and healthy so it goes on your routine.
When you build new habits you need to start small with bite-size manageable tasks.
If going to the gym five days a week is something that you really wanna get to then start off with two days a week and slowly start to build up the length of time until you reach your goal. Small commitment can help you reach your goals quicker.
If you ever fall off, start small again and work your way up. There’s no harm in doing it and you’ll probably be more experienced.
Starting small is a good way of proving to yourself that you can maintain a consistent routine and that you are more equipped to dealing with bigger and better things. If you want to remain consistent the tasks need to start off simple.