Are you feeling under pressure and like there’s too much to do? Do you find yourself procrastinating over tasks?
These are classic symptoms of overwhelm.

Have you heard the saying ‘you can’t see the wood for the trees’?

If this is how you feel, the following tips are for you.

Time out

Take time out and physically remove yourself from the situation. This will allow you the space and time needed to gain perspective on what is going on.

It can be as simple as taking a walk, reading a magazine or watching TV – do something where your mind is completely taken off the tasks at hand.

You’ll quickly notice a shift and start to feel calm. And as you do something different, your unconscious mind will be operating in the background, helping you to come up with great solutions.

Get clarity

Write your thoughts down about feeling overwhelmed – don’t worry about censoring them, just let them flow. This will help you get all of the chatter out of your head and onto paper – freeing your mind for calmness.

It will also act as a filter to show you exactly what you’re saying to yourself. Seeing it in black and white will help you reflect on what’s causing the overwhelm and gain perspective on what’s really happening.

By recognising why and where you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can start to work out a plan of action to move forward.

Write lists

Put together lists from all the information you’ve downloaded. Use your preferred format whether that’s a to-do list or a mind map – the idea is to have something structured that you can refer to and organise later.

Say no

From your list, identifying the items, you can say “no” to – this exercise alone will free up your time and headspace dramatically.

Consider the following:
– What are you doing because you feel you should, rather than what you want to do?
– Which tasks have been on your list forever and have never been finished – are these ever going to get done?

Go through and give your lists a good culling – it will reduce the pressure and allow you to focus on what’s important

The first step

Once you’re feeling calm, decide on your first step. Focusing on this will help you move forward quickly because you’re not trying to do everything at once.

There is an expression ‘You can only eat an elephant one chunk at a time’. So, chunk projects down into manageable, bite-sized steps and start working your way through them one at a time.

Before long, you’ll be operating in a calm and productive way.

If you’re struggling with overwhelm, contact us and find out how we can help you.