It happens to the best of us – you wake up one morning and all of the sudden you have more on your to do list than you can even think about getting done. You’ve got errands to run on top of that, and a house that needs to be cleaned. What’s worse? Knowing that you have so much to do is just making you not want to do anything.
We’ve all been there. Overwhelm often leads us feeling stuck, and most days when we’re feeling like this we end up laying on the couch in our pajamas just rewatching our favorite shows on Netflix.
It doesn’t have to be like that, though. Here are a few ways you can deal with feeling overwhelmed!
Schedule your day Take a good look at everything you need and want to get done, and then schedule a time to do it. Do your blogging work or answer emails in the morning, and then spend your afternoon running errands or cleaning up your apartment. I do this with every day, and it’s how I get a lot done. I’ll set aside a few hours in the morning to answer emails and do some light design work. In the afternoon, I have about 4 hours where I focus solely on making sure I get things finished and sent to clients. My last hour of work is for cleaning out my inbox. When you schedule specific times to do things, you’re more likely to focus because you know you’ll have time later in the day to get the other important things done.
Just start by doing one thing What’s tough for me on days I’m feeling overwhelmed or just unmotivated is that I don’t even want to get started. Usually, though, if I just sit down to do one thing like write a blog post or to my newsletter list by the time I’m done I’ve built up some momentum to start on something else. The one thing I usually try to do is the easiest or hardest task for the day. If I get the hardest thing done, I know the rest of the day will be a breeze. If I do the easiest thing, I’m building up momentum to do everything else on my to do list. Most of the time, you just need to start to really get going.
Consider your current workload If you find yourself being overwhelmed a lot, it’s time to take a look at your workload and make a change. Maybe it’s time to scale back the number of clients or projects you take on in a month or roll your posting schedule back on your blog by a day or two. Granted, I realize that you can’t make a change to your workload if you’re in school or don’t work for yourself, but you can adjust what you’re doing after hours that may be causing your overwhelmed feelings.
Ask for help One of the most common misconceptions that most people have is that asking for help shows a sign of weakness. That’s not true. Asking for help shows that you realize and understand that you just can’t get it all done, which is so much better than driving yourself nuts trying to get a month’s worth of work done in a week. If you find yourself in a position where other people can help you with the work you need to get done, reach out to a trusted friend or colleague and ask for help!
Feeling overwhelmed can be paralyzing, but hopefully these tips will help you get through those tough days when they come!