Sometimes in the process of establishing, planning and working towards our goals, that sense of overwhelm creeps up and zaps away all of our motivation leading us away from success and veering us right into defeat.
Just like how we become overwhelmed when our homes are cluttered and messy, we can have that same oppressive experience in our professional lives. The mess can catch up with us overtime–but there are also times that unavoidable messes pop up, forcing us to either move forward or stop in our tracks.
But overwhelm does not have to get the last word. You can thrive and keep building your growth stairwell, finding peace in the chaos and wins even on your toughest days.
Here are some of our favorite tips to help you cut the overwhelm and keep focused this year:
Take 15 minutes each day to clear your professional life of clutter
Make these 15 minutes both intentional and habitual. Clear your inbox, tidy your desk, review your goals and keep your growth stairwell free of debris and distraction. Start simple and keep it just to 15 minutes. (Avoid making your process to cut the overwhelm, overwhelming!)
Leave space in your calendar, in your day and in your goals in order to clear your head, allow for adjustments when punches are thrown your way and to simply give yourself time to re-energize and draw your focus closer to your goals.
In times of stress and struggle, note the negative chatter, but don’t engage
We all have that negative voice in the back of our heads–telling us we are failing, telling us it is impossible and telling us to just give into the overwhelm. Note that noise; but don’t give it anymore headspace. Acknowledge it and forget–you don’t need it!
Focus on the 10-percent; not the 100-percent
The 26.2 miles that make up a marathon are not completed all at once. Those miles are each completed one step at a time. Your job is to get just a little bit closer to your goals in 3 months; your job is not to get the whole way there in one day. Think in terms of percentages: get 10-percent closer. If you find 10-percent overwhelming, make it 5-percent or even 1-percent. The aim is to get closer to your goals, one small step at a time.
Give yourself clear, reasonable deadlines
Despite all of our best efforts, we cannot bend time or create more hours in a day. Take a look at the goals you’ve built and critically assess how long each step will take. Some items might take 15 minutes; while others might require several weeks. By being clear and truthful with yourself about your time; you can avoid feeling like you’ve failed to reach a goal that was unreasonable to begin with.
And remember, you are equipped to thrive, you’ve got this.
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