overwhelm

To be honest, part of me feels like complaining to you today. Part of me wants to tell you about all the things I have on my plate, how much I have to do in such a little time, and how anxious I feel because of it.

I really do want to lay it all out there and have a pity party.

But the truth is that I work for myself and I am a proactive person. So I have therefore chosen everything on my plate and I don’t have much ground to stand on. I’ve created my schedule or said yes to things that are happening.

My schedule didn’t fill up at gun point.

I allowed it.

So as I am working to process all that I have to do in such little time, I’m turning to a few key things that have helped me in the past. And if anyone else is feeling similarly stressed, I highly recommend trying some of the same things.

First, I am going to do some worry flashcards. These are great to help me dump my brain out, shake out the dead stuff, pray about the stuff I don’t have control over, and get to work on the things I can do.

Then, I’m going to re-read Turning Want To’s into Have To’s. That’s the mindset I need to have going forward. No whining allowed.

After that, I will be crafting a prioritized to-do list to get my weekly and daily tasks in order.

Anything that doesn’t make it on these lists will be left up to Future Jess.

 

Phew. I feel (a little bit) better already. I hope you have a great day!

 

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Kristal

    Awesome post! I feel so much better and empowered when I’m taking responsibility for myself and the choices I’ve made, instead of feeling like a victim to my circumstance.

  2. You have no idea how much this post resonates with me! I appreciate so much how you chose to think about your stressors and ‘attack’ them, versus creating a pity party (which I would have been more than happy to commiserate with you!, but this is so much more productive). I am totally going to do the same! Thank you!

  3. Joanna

    You got this! Give yourself some time to sit and figure out a plan and what to delegate to future Jess.

    Love that while your picture says “overwhelm” it’s actually a really calm, mellow photo. Hopefully you can channel a little bit of that while you’re feeling overwhelmed!

    Remember what you always say: Start where you are. And just keep going.

  4. Joanna

    You got this! Give yourself some time to sit and figure out a plan and what to delegate to future Jess.

    Love that while your picture says “overwhelm” it’s actually a really calm, mellow photo. Hopefully you can channel a little bit of that while you’re feeling overwhelmed!

    Remember what you always say: Start where you are. And just keep going.

  5. Liesl

    I am feeling the EXACT same way this – feeling completely overwhelmed and anxious. However, your post really made me think about how I got to this point. What did I say ‘yes’ to? Where did I over-commit just to make the other person/client happy?

    Something to think about once I get through my task list:)

  6. Melissa

    I’m feeling really anxious today, so thanks for this reminder about different ways to cope. Hope you are able to sort things out and feel better!

  7. Melissa

    I’m feeling really anxious today, so thanks for this reminder about different ways to cope. Hope you are able to sort things out and feel better!

  8. Jess

    Thank you so much, ladies! I’m so happy to hear I’m not alone in the overwhelm mode right now.

    And Joanna, you are very right! I gotta just keep going. : )

  9. a dear friend let me in on her trick to knowing when to managing her time and saying ‘no’ – she has a dinner plate from her grandmother’s china set that hangs near her desk. she posts sticky-notes on it with different tasks – varying the size of the sticky-note depending on the priority or size of the task/project. when asked if she can do/make/be something she consults her plate and can in all honesty say “I’m sorry, but my plate is full right now”

    I’ve tried this in the past when things pile up or if I’m struggling with should I? or shouldn’t I? and with all ‘rules’ – sometimes, they’re meant to be broken if the ‘thing’ is too good to pass up.

    good luck!

  10. a dear friend let me in on her trick to knowing when to managing her time and saying ‘no’ – she has a dinner plate from her grandmother’s china set that hangs near her desk. she posts sticky-notes on it with different tasks – varying the size of the sticky-note depending on the priority or size of the task/project. when asked if she can do/make/be something she consults her plate and can in all honesty say “I’m sorry, but my plate is full right now”

    I’ve tried this in the past when things pile up or if I’m struggling with should I? or shouldn’t I? and with all ‘rules’ – sometimes, they’re meant to be broken if the ‘thing’ is too good to pass up.

    good luck!

  11. Jessica

    I SO needed to read this post today. Am in a similar place with an overly loaded plate of projects and must remind myself that yes, “My schedule didn’t fill up at gun point”… Busy is good but the anxiety that comes with it is a constant price to pay. Am going to do your worry card exercise tonight – so brilliant 🙂

    best! xo

  12. Jessica

    I SO needed to read this post today. Am in a similar place with an overly loaded plate of projects and must remind myself that yes, “My schedule didn’t fill up at gun point”… Busy is good but the anxiety that comes with it is a constant price to pay. Am going to do your worry card exercise tonight – so brilliant 🙂

    best! xo

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