March 3, 2022 by Sarra Cannon
A common question I get asked is, “How can I still get things done even when I’m overwhelmed or way behind?” When your plan is off the rails or life has shifted quickly, how can we regain control and continue to be productive?
I moved into my dream house! I’m so excited and joyful to be here after five years of renting and six months of travel, but after a week of not being able to find anything in all these boxes, I started to feel massively overwhelmed.
I also currently have Publish and Thrive going on, and I want to make sure I’m there for all my students. HB90 Bootcamp is just around the corner (sign up here), and I’ve got a book to write. How do I get it all done if I’m feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and way behind?
Here’s what worked for me:
STEP 1: Braindump.
Once your list is made, take away anything that was delegated, deleted, or outsourced. Now you have a list of what’s truly on your plate right now.
STEP 2: Prioritize
Arrange your list or page flags in order according to what’s the most important or urgent item that needs to get done. This will give you a very clear list of what needs to be done and in what order.
STEP 3: Get into action
Choose the first item to work on and just jump in and get it done! One tiny step at a time. As you start to clear the list, you’ll start to feel more in control and relieved.
I feel I need to add here that it’s also totally okay to NOT be productive, too. If you’re feeling burned out, depressed, or overwhelmed, maybe you just need a break. Maybe you need a focused period of self-care and rest. That’s okay, too. We don’t always have to be at max productivity.
If you feel you need a rest, maybe you can use this little mini-kanban board to create a list of fun and relaxing activities that will help you get out of burnout or get more rest or exercise.
We all go through ups and downs, but if you’re struggling right now, you’re not alone. If you want to be more productive but you’re struggling through depression and lack any motivation, maybe try putting just 2 or 3 things on your list. Easy things like “make the bed” or “cook a nice dinner” or “play a video game”.
I hope these tips resonated and that you’re doing well.
Don’t forget we have Double Down Day coming up this weekend for anyone who wants to write with our livestreams in the Heart Breathings Writing Community. Find our schedule on the Google calendar on the page I just linked.
Another round of the HB90 Bootcamp is coming up March 13th and registration is now open! If you’re excited for the future and really WANT to get things done and move toward your goals, but you’ve been struggling to create a plan that allows you to get more done in the time you have available, this course is seriously life-changing. Come join us!
Have a great weekend, everyone! I’ll be back soon with the March Notebook Challenge!
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