Feeling Overwhelmed Sucks! I’ve been there many a times and can totally relate to anyone who’s feeling that right now.
Here’s what I’ve learned from a recent Jack Canfield call on how to handle being overwhelmed as well as a great definition for what it means.
Is having lots of options without criteria for sorting them out.
You need to have guidelines and prioritize your options basing them on your passions, interests committments, etc.
How to get out of overwhelmedness.
Grab some 3×5 cards and write everything you have committed to / goals – one per card.
Next, take two of them and compare which is more important than the other and sort accordingly. Do this with the next on down the list until you have them in order of importance.
Take into consideration the time, money and resources each one will take. Which ones are most exciting to you. Which are most important for you to accomplish and so on.
Start with one of the goals and decide 3 things of action you can do over the next week. If it involves something you have no idea how to go about doing, find someone who has already done what you want to do and contact them to see if they will help you in some way – you might be surprised at how often people will help.
How many goals are too many?
It differs from one person to the next. Some people are good at multitasking and delegating or are just natural over achievers.
If you are still feeling overwhelmed by the number of things you want to accomplish in a given period of time then you are probably over doing it for yourself.
It also could be that you have too many SHOULD DO goals rather than WANT TO goals.
A good habit to have is writing down things the night before of what you are going to do the next day. This allows your subconscious to work on it during sleep and the law of attraction puts it out into the universe to help manifest your goals.
Instead of having a standard TO DO list, add the times WHEN you are going to do each thing. By putting everything in a time frame, you can reassess realistic expectations and reprioritize.
For example, say you have 5 things you want to get accomplished tomorrow. Put them in order of importance. Instead of working in a REACTIVE state, work from INTENTION and CREATION.
Using visualization is key here. Visualize having the life and BELIEVE you can have it. Some people find a vision board or book to help focus their intentions and mindset on what they want to be do and have.
Figure out what you have to give up till you make the transition – maybe TV, movies, dinners out, some sleep. IT takes a high level of commitment to get what you want – you have to really want it. And remember, it’s not forever, just until you make it.