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How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed (For Good)

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How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed (For Good)
One of the biggest complaints I hear from clients is overwhelm. It seems to be the thing that everyone suffers from these days. I suffer from it, too. Today we have more responsibilities, infinite choices, and way too many distractions. When you're overwhelmed, space and time collapse.

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Stop

Have the courage to stop what you're doing. Give yourself the space to slow down, so you can see the bigger picture and get a handle on things. 

Take a day or two to rest, do...

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Let go of some things

Lin Yutang said, "besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials." ...

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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. 

Are you being overly ambitious? What you can really do?

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Say no

People who are overwhelmed spread their energy too thinly. 

When you feel scattered and pulled apart in a lot of different directions, are you willing to pull yourself back in and...

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Know your priorities

Look at the bigger picture of your life, and how you really want to spend your precious time and energy. Taking time to contemplate your priorities is key to having focused flow.

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Simplify

Being overwhelmed goes hand in hand with having a mind full of complicated thoughts and chaos. David Allen reminds us, "Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them." 

Are you ...

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Limit yourself

Be willing to focus on just a few things at a time. Put limits on certain activities that aren't important. 

By limiting your time and energy for certain endeavors, and not a...

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Develop self-esteem

Oftentimes, an underlying poor self-esteem is the culprit of over-doing and over-committing. Instead of understanding your own needs, you are constantly catering to the needs of others. 

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Tune in to what you want to feel

Sometimes we get so lost in feeling stressed and overwhelmed, we forget about what we really do want to feel and experience. 

Refocusing your attention and intention can help you rese...

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Re-imagine a new schedule

Imagine a new lifestyle, from scratch. If you made your health and happiness a priority, what would your day look like? How would you wake up? What would your day consist of? 

Let you...

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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 look at invitations and activities and requests and tasks that pop up, and ask: “Is this one of the things I would choose to put on my clean plate?” 

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 everywhere at once.

Properly manage your yeses.  So stop saying “yes” when you want to say “no.” Sometimes you have to set clear boundaries.

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 each some allotted time instead of switching tasks.

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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 you are working at your peak.

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. 

Busy Being Busy

We are far too busy in ways not imagined before, though productivity hasn't increased proportionally. Studies show we have more leisure time than before but have become overwhelmed with an infinite number of options.

Reclaim your time and your sanity instead of being busy all the time.

Accept Defeat

Time and resources are limited but 'everything that is to be done' is always unlimited, so there is bound to be a compromise, a trade-off.

Something will always be neglected or deprioritized, no matter what you do.

Respect your rhythms and body clocks

Humans are not a machine or a piece of equipment, that can be made to work overtime and show more productivity.

We don't work like a machine, and working more hours does not mean more actual work. If we respect our body clock and work with it, we can be more productive.