I’m feeling like this week’s article is part therapy for my week ahead, where I could easily feel overwhelmed! I recently wrote in my journal, Let your list carry the stress.
A list? Who makes lists anymore? I, for one, make lists. I write down, (yes-with pencil and paper!), everything I can think of that needs done in my day. This works for me, but some have forgotten the value of a simple list. I realize everyone has their system, so feel free to share yours with me! (see short video above!)
Why a List?
My list is different than my to do items on my calendar. Why? Because there are always extra things that need to be accomplished within a day’s timethat would overwhelm a calendar page. This sounds so simple, but it’s really an old-fashioned way of making sure you don’t forget important details. I usually make my list the night before. It helps me sleep.
Of course, my list is not pretty. But I do try to keep a stack of index cards available. They are just the right size (I use the larger ones often!) and have two sides, which I use on separate days, unless I’m on schedule overload. You can’t ask a list to carry your stress if you don’t have a list–so if you’ve not used a list in awhile, revisit that old friend!
My Timer-Beat the Buzzer!
I talk about my 10-minute timer in Stress is Not a Four Letter Word book. I guarrantee you, this works! I have kept an old-fashioned timer in my office for years, which I set for ten-minute increments to stay focused. Pretty soon I have set it three, four or even five times and by then, I have accomplished what is needed and have stayed on task. (pg. 192)
Every phone has a timer so there’s really no excuse. But again, find something that will work for you. Believe me when I say this, that little timer acts as a stress-reliever as I am no longer watching the clock and feeling overwhelmed. I just work to beat the buzzer!
7 Ways to Survive When You Feel Overwhelmed
1) Define WHERE YOU ARE. Pinpoint your exact location. Upside down in debt? Facing Bankruptcy? Feeling depressed? Buried in Confusion? Stressed and Overworked? What is this costing you in time and emotional energy? Is it worth it?
2) Quit FIGHTING. Stuck in a riptide? Swim parallel to the shore and get your footing in the sand. Buried in an avalanche? Spit–gravity will show you where up is. Then dig towards fresh air to not asphyxiate.
3) Take SMALL STEPS toward safety. Take some deep breaths and move—you’re O.K.! Stand tall and believe in yourself. You don’t have to be stuck in the same cycle.
4) Be DELIBERATE. If you walk or swim on the same path as before, you could be buried again. Decide what not to do. It’s just as important as what to do.
5) REFLECT Start your day journaling, meditating or taking a walk. Unplug and open your eyes and ears to what’s around you. Doing so will help you be more personally and professionally centered.
6) Pursue TRUSTED RELATIONSHIPS Keep a small, close circle of relationships. Your circle can include a coach, mastermind group, trusted friends and colleagues.
7) Rinse and REPEAT! Life brings many changes and differing times of feeling buried. Repeat these steps often to free yourself from feeling overwhelmed, carried by a riptide or buried in an avalanche. (see short video!)
Slow Pitch Superstar
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SLOW PITCH SUPERSTAR single up for a 2017 GRAMMY. It’s in the American Roots song category. Voting has officially begun! Vocals by David Johnson, National MVP slow-pitch champion and ALL AMERICAN.
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DEBORAH JOHNSON: Providing tools and inspiration to gain momentum and get unstuck in life. Speaking, Concerts, In-Depth Workshops. Most recent book Bad Code: Overcoming Bad Mental Code That Sabotages Your Life! You can reach Deborah the following ways:Twitter:@DebJohnsonWorks • YouTube ; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deborah.johnson; Websites: https://GoalsForYourLife.com; https://DJWorksMusic.com