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How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed (by Everything on Your Plate)

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How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed (by Everything on Your Plate)
True purpose has no time limit. True purpose has no deadline. Don't stress and overwhelm yourself. Just do what you can right now. We all have days, weeks, months and-for some-even years of feeling anxious and overwhelmed with the work we have yet to do. It's an elusive feeling that aches from deep within.

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Start with a clean plate

If your plate were completely clean, with limited space, what would you put on it today?

Once you’ve figured that out, you know what belongs on your plate. Constantly loo...

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Learn to say “NO”

Feeling like you’re doing busywork is often the result of saying yes too often.  We have to let go of this idea of doing everything and pleasing everyone and being everywh...

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3 Core things

Focus on no more than three core things every day. 

Wake up every morning and figure out what the most important two or three things are for the day, and cut out the rest. Give e...

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Start with a clean plate

We have to take a step back on a regular basis and reevaluate what we have on our plate and why. 

Instead of thinking, “Oh my gosh, there’s too much on my plate!" ask, “...

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Learn to say NO

Saying yes to everything puts you on the fast track to being miserable. Sometimes you have to set clear boundaries.

The alternative is that you’re going to do a half-hearted, poor job ...

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Focus on 3 things every day

  • Wake up every morning and figure out what the most important 3 things are for the day, and cut out the rest. 
  • Address your other obligations right then and there, and tell the ass...

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Stop

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Let go of some things

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Commit to less

Having too much to do often has to do with unrealistic goal setting and over-committing your time and energy. 

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Personal Or Core Values

They are what you consider most important in your life, literally what you “value. ” They are broad concepts that can be applied across a wide range of circumstances, as opposed to narrow answers t...

The Benefits Of Having a Core Value

  • Having a core values list helps you make better decisions. The decisions you make come more quickly and efficiently than they would without it.
  • Being unconscious of your core values makes you likely to keep repeating the same mistakes.

Creating a List Of Personal Values

The core values that are most valuable to each of us come from our own personal experience, not from being taught.

As you put them into practice you’ll get better at internalizing these values and they’ll express themselves subconsciously with smaller decisions, as well.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed

You have so many things going on, that it is hard to concentrate on any one of them, and so you get less productive. The trick is to get yourself back in the sweet spot of the curve where yo...

Reduce your energy

If you’re actively feeling overwhelmed you first need to calm downClose your eyes for a minute. Focus on breathing deeply. Count your breaths. An alternative is to get a little physical exercise. Take a walk.

The combination of the exercise and the separation from your workspace for a short period of time can help you to get into the zone to get work done.

Focus

Start by finding a high-priority task that you feel you can complete in a short period of time. Clear the decks for action and put away any other distractions.

Now, get to work. If you’re still having trouble concentrating, then just try to get a 5-10 minute burst of activity done. Find the smallest piece of the task that you can accomplish and get that done.