It’s not uncommon for clients to reach out to me because they’re overwhelmed. And disorganized.
And quite honestly, they’re tired of both!
But they’re stuck and don’t see a path forward.
You see, when you’re overwhelmed, you’ve likely either lost a sense of what’s important or how to make what’s important happen.
This post will cover the basics of getting unstuck and moving away from overwhelm and on the path to a more organized life.
Let’s dig into the solutions together.
#1 Stop thinking about how overwhelmed you are.
First, you gotta get out of the mindset of being overwhelmed.
It’s a bad place to be in and it’s hard to dig yourself out of that place.
Instead of thinking of how overwhelmed you are, switch that storyline that’s running in your head from “I don’t know how I’m gonna get all of this done” to “I need to make a plan.”
Cause when you have a plan, you have control and that helps to bounce those feelings of overwhelm and anxiety right outta you.
And boy do I have a plan for you!
#2 Grab a sheet of paper + make a list.
Stop right there!
If you were about to write down every little thing that you have to do, then you’re not going to help yourself dig outta the hole.
So do your overwhelmed self a favor and just write down five things that you have to do today and that you can do today.
And the five things should be actionable steps that you can take and aren’t reliant upon anyone else to help you with.
The list should look like this:
- Call doctor’s office to schedule post-op surgery visit
- Fill out field trip permission slip and give it to kid to return to school
- Water plants
- Get juice from store
- Walk dog
Solving the lack of world peace or re-organizing your entire house should not be on this list.
You’re trying to get yourself out of a place of feeling completely stuck and into a mental state where you can make decisions and be productive.
And putting unachievable goals on a to do list will only serve to sabotage yourself. So don’t do it!
Want a pretty list to further help with your motivation?
Scroll down and snag a colorful daily agenda planning page.
#3 Grab your calendar + fill it out.
Now that you know what you have to do, look at your schedule and figure out exactly when you are going to do it.
When you are feeling overwhelmed, part of that is feeling like there is too much to be done but no time to do it.
So nip that feeling in the bud with your calendar.
Figure out exactly when you are going to walk to dog and go to the store, etc. Write it all down!
The To Do List printable actually has a place for you to write down when you’ll be doing the particular task. How easy peasy is that?
Remember, your to do list should always be aligned with your schedule for the day.
Otherwise, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. And boo to that because you’re fabulous and I’m not going to let you have any of that!
#4 Take Action
The very last step is to just do it!
No excuses. You know what you have to do.
You now know when you’re going to do it.
So just get on with your bad self and just do it!
Need extra motivation to get started?
If you’re still not feeling like your done being overwhelmed and need a little more help getting moving, then try playing!
Playing a game always helps me to get motivated.
Have you played the Timer Organizing Game?
This simple game makes it easy to get going and be productive in a short amount of time.
The best thing is that you can play it with your family members to get them helping you!
Over to you!
Feeling better now?
Sometimes to get out of the overwhelm rut, you just need to give yourself some space to collect yourself and focus on what matters.
Need even more help?
Writing out your daily actions to take in one place makes it easier to see what needs to be done.
With everything spelled out on paper, you can prioritize your To Dos and have a more productive day.
Need More Than a List?
The Home Management Binder Bundle is the list maker’s dream!
With resources for daily, weekly and monthly calendars, finances, passwords, meal planning, and more, it’s what you need to bring control and order to your home!