Today I want to talk about overwhelm and how I personally overcome it so that I don’t stay paralyzed and unable to get things done.
I almost always get overwhelmed because I have too many tasks that need to be completed and I just don’t know where to start, I know I am starting to get overwhelmed when I begin pacing the rooms of my house trying to figure out what to do.
When this happens the first thing I know I need to do is a complete brain dump.
To do this I will sit down with a notepad and pen and just start writing out everything in my head, all the little things I need to remember, tasks I need to do, people I need to email back and anything else that’s in my head.
Once I have fully got all of this out of my head I will go to a new page in my notepad and divide it into two columns.
One for personal and the other for work, you can create as many columns as you want, this is just what I do.
Now I go through the brain dump list and start writing each one into the appropriate column.
Once I have completed this I simply keep that piece of paper on my desk where I’ll see it everyday and everynight and before I go to sleep I will look over that list and choose the 3 tasks I want to complete for my personal life tomorrow and then the 3 tasks I want to complete in my working life.
That’s It, So Simple & Highly Effective
Now every single morning I know exactly what tasks to focus on and I just keep repeating this every single day until I either complete everything or forget and need to do a new brain dump.
If for whatever reason I can’t get all the tasks done I have to decide whether I want to scrap it completely and if it’s still important it gets added as the first task on tomorrows list, the most important one gets done as part of my morning routine.
Rinse and repeat.
When I am able to consistently do this I start getting so much work done that within just 3 months time the amount of work I get done is not only far greater but the quality and importance of the work I get done is much higher too.
It’s not always about grinding for 16 hours a day, it’s all about focusing my time and effort on the correct things each day to make massive leaps in my personal and work life.
That’s all I wanted to say, goodluck and let me know how this works out for you.