Everyone has experienced overwhelm. For some, it may feel as though your head is going to spin off your shoulders. For others, it may be paralyzing. Regardless of how it affects you personally, overwhelm is a result of having too much on your plate and not enough time, resources or strength to handle it all.
Years ago, I was a single working mother of two. I was stretched too thin, spent most of my time playing catch up and I felt like a failure. You can relate if you've ever had to apologize to your son's baseball team for forgetting their snacks or explain to your boss why taking your sick child to the doctor was more important than meeting a crucial deadline. I refused to live my life this way and decided something had to change.
Whether you are in a temporary slump or perpetually stuck behind the eight ball, follow my three tips below to get out of overwhelm and finally get ahead of the curve.
1.) Change your mindset. Our attitudes and expectations have a huge impact on the way we feel. If you're sure that you're never going to get your head above water, you won't. If you think trying something new won't help, it won't. If your expectations for yourself are so high that no one could ever meet them, you will always feel like a failure. Change your attitude and cut yourself some slack and you'll find that you've won half the battle.
2.) Get organized. Have you ever noticed that when you get overwhelmed, things start falling through the cracks? One missed deadline leads to another and within no time you are so far behind you don't think you'll ever catch up. To avoid falling into this trap, I am always on the lookout for new ways to stay organized. From your everyday planner to innovative new technology, having (and using) these tools will keep your sanity in check and your reputation clean.
3.) Take action. There is no better way to get ahead of the curve than to take deliberate and decisive action. This goes hand in hand with your mindset. If you feel like you are in a hopeless situation, you won't be confident enough to take the necessary steps to pull yourself out. On the other hand, if you are optimistic and confident, you'll have enough clarity to see your options, make a decision and move forward. I don't know anyone who got what they wanted by wishing and hoping -- you have to make things happen for yourself.