Overwhelmed? How do you deal with too much on your plate to juggle? Do you feel out of control or are you in control of your Mindset?
Your mindset is your biggest asset in such a situation. Consider it as your steering wheel. If you are not moving steadily in the direction intended, you are probably letting your emotions, thoughts, and stories running in your mindset, steer your life. Remember that day? You had the best intention to finish your proposal. Suddenly, it’s five o’clock and you haven’t started! Your “to do” list grew, your day was one constant interruption, you received two new proposals, you had staff issues, and your mindset is on overwhelm. It’s running a marathon, perspiring negative thoughts, “what if’s” and referring to previous experiences. Emotions are rising. Anxiety, fear or panic sets in. Voices inside are saying “I can’t cope.” Overwhelm has locked its horns. Your mindset becomes foggy, you can’t see or think clearly and sometimes, total paralysis by analysis results. The storm starts to brew and forward movement stops. Yikes.
Ever had that experience? What can you do to break free from being overwhelmed?
You need to take charge again. For life changing results, several steps are required. Sometimes, we need to seek assistance to help us make those changes. Read Terese’s story. Sometimes, we need to educate ourselves and learn new skills.
Here is a simple strategy to take charge of your results and tame your mindset.
1. Make a commitment at the end of the day to plan the next day. Prioritise the two most important tasks that have to happen. Set yourself a deadline of completing just these two things. Make them non negotiable. Visualise having completed these tasks and lock the picture in. This will help you keep your focus on what must be done, so you can ride the stormy seas without losing control or direction!
2. When you get to work, move everything else out of your way, except the first task to work on. Clear the decks and turn off your distractions. (Move things from the eye of the storm.) Yes, that means turning off your email, Facebook and other perceived “can’t live without” time and digital distractions. Set a time limit and start. The more laser like focus you create, the more productively you will work. This works because success breeds success. You will create the good feeling of having achieved something and it will be proof that you can take the control back. You can calm the inner storm and take charge of the overwhelm storm by using your greatest asset, your mindset.
Until next time, remember
Your Mindset Matters