I’m writing this week’s blog partly as a therapy for myself. My head is popping! I have soooo many ideas, plans, intentions and wants in my brain that I’m filled with overwhelm. If you’ve ever felt like this then you might know what happens.
You get STUCK.
That’s kind of how I feel right now. I literally don’t know where to start. I know my problem – I’m a typical entrepreneur with ideas spewing (gross word I know) from my brain. Add to this fact that I’m currently limited to what I can do by the frequently mentioned baby Finn and my head just wants to burst. I want more time. Need more space. More freedom. But my reality is that at the moment, I don’t have this.
Now, I hope as I’m writing this that I’m going to have an epiphany of how I can create more time, or that an awesomely perfect nanny/wet nurse/superwoman type person is going to come along and offer me her services in return only for endless cups of tea, as that I can do! (Actually that’s a total lie – I’m crap at making tea. My hubby and sister do it!)
However, I think it’s far more likely that by furiously typing this my therapist brain will switch on and in its niggly voice start sniping “what would you say to your clients?” And that’s a question I can answer. Applying it to myself is often a different matter!
My 5 tips to beat overwhelm.
1. Switch off ALL technology.
We need to not be disturbed. This is turning into a really tough task for most of us nowadays. We can’t function with bleeps and dings putting us on hyper alert to an urgent email, that is, of course, another newsletter from Superdrug telling me how many points I have. Or Graze offering me another bloody box. I don’t even like nuts!
2. Go and make a cuppa (it’s the answer to everything).
Typically English and definitely very Yorkshire. Tea comforts me and calms me (I’m sure not scientifically).
3. Grab a pen and paper and write.
No technology here – our brain needs to see us write it down. Then write. Dump out the contents of your brain (a brain dump you might say!) in no particular order with no reasoning. Just get it out.
4. Organise and prioritise.
Once it’s all out, write down your most important tasks. Then break them down, and down until they will fit into half an hour slots. Pick the three most important half hour tasks and grab your Let’s Do This Daily Planner. Put these three tasks as your MITs for today. (If that sentence makes absolutely no sense to you, you need to read my blog 5 Ways to be Super Productive Every Day and grab your free planner).
Stop procrastinating and start your first MIT. No excuses, no ‘I’ll just tidy up first’, no ‘I’ll just put the washing machine on so it can be going while I work’. JUST START. Keep social media off and set a timer set to go off in half an hour. Get your head down and work until the timer goes. I bet you finish before!
I’m laughing at myself, as I recognise that by writing this blog I’m procrastinating over doing what I need to do! So I guess I should take my own advice. I’m extremely wise when I ask myself “what would I say to a client”. It’s time for me to apply my answers!
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