When the feeling of being overwhelmed washes over you, many peoples first reaction is to panic which clouds one’s mind to be rational. Doing these 8 things below, will help calm the mind and give you a clear sense of peace:
You can be all and do all to everything and everyone. You just can’t. Make your list, choose your top 3 most important things, and put the rest on hold.
2) Write it all down.
Make a list and get it all out of your head. This helps clear out the clutter so you can think more clearly. When you write it all down, you can release all those pent-up thoughts so you can think more clearly.
Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. I can do a lot of things that aren’t the best use of my time, so I delegate them to members of my team. It’s not always easy to do, but it’s important. Find someone with the skill set you need, and learn to hand stuff off to them.
4) Don’t try to get it all done now.
Your list is long. You feel like it all needs to be done TODAY, so you freeze and turn to Facebook instead. Go back to what we learned above about chunking and prioritizing. Not everything needs to get done right this minute, or even today, or even this week — even though you might feel like it does.
5) Choose your three MITs every day.
My best tool for staying focused is the MIT (Most Important Task). Each day, identify no more than three MITs for the day. These are the things that absolutely have to get done. Focus on them, and once those are done you can feel like you made real progress.
6) Clear the decks at the end of the day.
At the end of the day, clean up your desk. It might be tempting to just get up and walk away, but if your desk is a mess that’s how you’re going to feel in the morning. Do you really want to start your day with another mess? Make note of where you left off, identify what you’re going to start with in the morning, then put everything away.