What Overwhelms You: Tasks

When people are killing it big in their business, here I am - paralyzed. The culprit? Overwhelm!

I can’t help it. There are just so many things to do:

  • put up my blog header
  • write blog posts regularly
  • create social media graphics
  • build back links
  • learn Photoshop
  • create products to sell
  • prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • clean the house
  • wash laundry
  • exercise.

They come and never stop coming.

What Overwhelms You: People

As someone wet on the ears, you must listen to experts. People who came ahead of you. Learn from them. You subscribe to their website. You follow them to extract their sweet juices. You haven’t realized just how much time you spend each day to:

  • read their blog posts
  • discover specific advice they could give for your concerns
  • buy their courses
  • implement course assignments
  • attend their webinars
  • write testimonials for them
  • post in their social media accounts
  • open their emails and email them back
  • interact with them.

What Overwhelms You: Rules

You have to do this and that, like:

  • create great content because content is king!
  • build a list to have your make-money-on-demand ATM
  • interact with readers to develop like, trust, and respect
  • take care of yourself with regular exercise, healthy diet, enough sunshine, sufficient water intake, adequate sleep
  • spend quality time with your spouse and kids
  • breathe and enjoy each passing moment.

Just so many rules to follow.

Often I feel that projects overwhelm us when we look at how many hours are involved until completion. But just getting started is usually not that difficult. ~Emily Giffin

What Overwhelms You: Emotions

OverwhelmWhen you experience overwhelm, your emotions crumble. You get a mucky feeling inside:

  • uncertainty
  • alarm
  • sadness
  • madness
  • pain
  • isolation
  • depression
  • deprivation
  • anger
  • boredom
  • drowning
  • giving up.

It becomes a dis-ease.

How Do You Deal with Overwhelm?

You tell me.

How can you do all these when you a fixed amount of time in your hands? You have 24 hours. I have 24 hours. All of us do.

How come other people pull it through and manage to shine?

I don’t know.

I hear people say that to shove away overwhelm and keep them on track, they do the following:

  • define their goals or what matters most to them
  • setting targets following the 80/20 rule
  • prioritize the important stuff
  • maximize their calendar by scheduling tasks and following through
  • come up with an editorial calendar for their blog posts
  • use the Pomodoro timer
  • outsource
  • delegate
  • minimize or avoid time wasters such as social media, emails, Skype
  • turn off the TV and gadgets while at work.

Isn’t that too much to do? That’s not just too much. That’s overwhelming!

So what now? I sure would take note of what works for others. In many instances, they’ve worked for me, too.

For now, I’ll just take things a step at a time.

I guess I just feel under the weather today. This, too, shall pass.