How to quickly get started when you’re feeling completely overwhelmed

Does this sound familiar: 

I have NO idea where to start, I never feel like I’m making progress, and I don’t know what to do next!

One of the Merriam-Webster definitions of overwhelm is “to cause (someone) to have too many things to deal with.”

And all of those things are living in your head. So, you start on one thing, then remember a couple of other things. They’re all important, but where do you start?!

So, how do you quickly get started when you’re feeling completely overwhelmed?

The quickest way to move out of this feeling is to write down everything that needs to happen in the next few days. 

Then put a mark next to 3 things that need to be done today. Yes, there is a lot that you want to accomplish, but pick only three right now. You can’t finish everything today. So, you’re choosing the next three things you want to do. 

When you complete those three tasks, pick three more. You might not finish all three today, but you’ll know what you’re starting with tomorrow.

Also, new things are going to pop up throughout the day. So instead of trying to do them, add them to the bottom of your list.

When you feel less overwhelmed, you can do more planning and organizing around your tasks and schedule.

For some of you, this is all you need. You might create a new list every week, and you’re good to go.

For others, this is a good start but a temporary fix. Reach out, and we can have a quick conversation. 

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