Breaking Through Overwhelm
by Sharon Moist

Ambling along aimlessly armed with a Tiffin in tow

When I woke up one morning at 5:00am last month because my head was spinning with all the things I needed to get done in my business, I realized that I had reached a point of complete overwhelm.

In fact I actually called my mom in tears, and she knows by now that when she gets a call from me that early in the morning something is wrong! After about 10 minutes of listening to my dilemma, I was completely surprised by her suggestion: Take the day off!

So what about you? Are you feeling overwhelmed these days by too much to do? Here are three steps to you can take to start dealing with it:

Step One - Take the Day Off: Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to take a break from everything. Instead, go out for breakfast; go see a movie; take a nap or just sit on the couch and read a book (leave the radio and TV off - it just adds to more "noise" to your life!). You will be amazed at how getting away from the situation can often give you the ability to get a fresh perspective on things.

Step Two - Do a Brain-Dump: One of the biggest causes of overwhelm is the never-ending "to do" list that's swirling around in our brain on a consistent basis. So, instead of having things fall through the cracks, take a few minutes to make a list of EVERYTHING that you know you need to do, and the date by which it needs to be done (whether it's taking your dog to the vet, paying bills or writing your next blog). Once you can see things on paper, it makes the situation a lot less scary and a lot easier to deal with.

Step Three - One Thing at a Time: When I find myself stuck in "shiny object syndrome," I have to stop and remember what one of my coaches once told me: "You can only run one train at a time." When you look at successful people, you will discover that in order to accomplish everything they're able to accomplish, they only focus on one thing at a time; they don't try to multi-task. So, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel (something I tend to do all the time), learn by their example and follow their lead. It will make things a lot easier, and reduce a lot of the stress you may be feeling, if you deal with the things on your list one at a time.

Food for Thought:
What is one thing you can do RIGHT NOW to start getting out of overwhelm? The first step is always the hardest, but you will be amazed at what you can accomplish when you get focused and make the decision to move forward!

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