I have always been an ambitious person who tries to embody the live and let live mantra. I believe I should be able to live my life as I see fit without (too many) external influences. Though I have learned that being the captain of one’s own ship and going against the grain poses a unique set of challenges, which often leaves me feeling overwhelmed.
I often have these grandiose ideas that I feel are quite doable with proper planning. However, once I begin to drill down on all that is needed to make my dream a reality I soon realize it requires more effort than I initially envisioned. And, thus the overwhelming feeling begins.
For instance, I love developing this blog, but I had no idea how much effort was needed to (1) get it off the ground and (2) to maintain it. Of course, if I outsource, it would free up some of my workload, but that would mean I’d need to pay someone, which I am not able to do at the moment. Consequently, it is up to me to make things work. Coupled with my regular job, a side gig, blogging, a family project in addition to my regular day-to-day activities and this girl is stretched pretty thin. I feel overwhelmed constantly because there is always something that needs to be done.
Sometimes I get so stuck in the sense of being overwhelmed that nothing gets done because I’m stressing over all that needs to be done. I try different techniques to cope with the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Put in order the tasks that need completing from most important to least important. Start at the top and work your way down the list. If you don’t get through the entire list, at least you’ve taken care of the more pressing items.
Let some things go
As you prioritize, you may determine that you can forgo some tasks altogether. They may have seemed like a great idea at the time, but you may now find that they are not necessary.
Figure out the what and how for each of your tasks. What are you going to need in order to complete it? How are you going to get the task done? Answering these questions will help you determine the best your approach to your project.
Do not rush; take your time
When I become overwhelmed I become frantic. When I become frantic I rush and make mistakes. Mistakes require more time and effort to correct, so learn from me: take your time and don’t rush. You can be methodical without being hasty.
Clear your head
Step away from the computer. Take some deep breaths. Take a walk. Do some exercises. Drink a glass of water. Do something mundane to help clear your mind. There is nothing worse than trying to push yourself when you’re not in the right headspace.
If you can and are able, give the assignment to someone else to complete. Ask family and friends for help or hire a professional. Seeking the help of others will allow you to have more time to focus on other essential tasks.
Envision the project completed
When we see the light at the end of the tunnel, it serves as motivation for us to keep going. Picturing the end result reinforces the idea that “yes, we can do this”, but we have to continue to work towards the goal.
At times life can seem daunting; life can be defeating. Life can get overwhelming, but we don’t have to let it get the best of us. As the captains of our own ships, we control how we respond to what life brings our way.
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