These are the days when it becomes easy for me to be overwhelmed. I have good intentions and GREAT expectations of myself to get stuff done. Make it happen. Power through.
Then, life happens. Usually, it involves sickness (myself or a kid) or an unexpected change in my plans or whatever. I get overwhelmed with all my stuff and the plates I’m juggling in the air. So, I just let them crash. For the moment.
I step back and put life on hold.
This is when I feel like crawling in the bed and doing nothing. Sleep late. Go to bed early. Watch Netflix. BECAUSE THERE’S TOO MUCH TO DO ANYWHO!!!
Anybody else ever been there?
The past few weeks have thrown me for a loop. I’ve had a cold/cough that I can’t shake – maybe allergies. Ragweed. Bahumbug.
I’ve yet to figure out a schedule/routine for our family’s new normal. And that’s slightly driving me crazy – coming from the girl that hates schedules and routines.
As I sorted through my crazy brain this afternoon, I realized how there have been seasons over the past few years when I have to do something to recover from all the overwhelm.
Here is my secret – what I do when there is too much to do:
I make a master list.
Yep. I bet you were expecting something way fancier and complicated.
First I create buckets/topics – such as:
Then I start writing down bullet points of everything that needs to happen under each bucket. Seeing everything in one place and getting it all out of my brain helps to relieve the overwhelming feeling that is one of my biggest struggles in life.
Sometimes I get help in figuring out what is most important in my buckets and what isn’t necessary at all. I have trusted mentors and friends that give me feedback on how to begin chipping away at the list.
Sometimes it takes YEARS.
I’m here in a season where the list is necessary again. How about you?
Do you need to start a list of your own? Join me. Let’s trash out being overwhelmed and having a cluttered mind. Today is the perfect day to start from exactly where you are and begin a new chapter.
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