Sometimes work life can be overwhelming. Businesses have lots of moving parts and seemingly endless to-do lists.
We often try to work as quickly as possible to maximize our valuable time, but going through our days at a hundred miles an hour doesn’t leave much time for thought. When you are not thinking, you are simply reacting to what happens around you.
This is an anxiety-causing cycle that can make you feel as though you’ve lost control. When this happens, you must stop, take a deep breath, and get everything out of your head and down on paper.
Make yourself a list of tasks and then prioritize them. You might use a pad of paper or you could use index cards for each task. If you go the index card route, you can move the cards around and prioritize them easily.
Stop to really think about the pieces and parts. What is the next step you must take? Are you doing things in an efficient order? How can you get control of the situation to avoid future anxiety-filled days?
Now when you get started again, you will be working on purpose. If you get out of control again, you know that you can stop, re-group, and get started again.
Big picture thinking, too, can lead to feelings of overwhelm. Often when thinking about projects, we think about the whole project.
Let’s say for example, that you need to revamp your website. To avoid feeling overwhelmed by this project, break it down into smaller segments. Figure out what your very first step needs to be and focus on that one piece before jumping to something else. Go one step at a time, one decision at a time.
It’s important to take frequent breaks or even get away for awhile. There is only so much doing and decision making we can take. Even a quick drive walk around the block can help to clear your mind.
Also, make sure that you are getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can do serious damage to your ability to think and function properly. Get the amount of sleep appropriate for you and encourage your employees and family members to do the same.
Regaining control of the way you are spending time will give you a tremendous sense of peace. Remember, when you feel like speeding up, it’s time to slow down. Give yourself a breather and begin again refreshed and with purpose.