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Beat Overwhelm In The Moment

Lately it seems I attract the overwhelmed. The 'OMG, I wish I had more time, how will I ever get it all done' contingent. I am fairly certain that we have all been there, done that. At least at some point. But the people I am attracting are living in the land of overwhelm and they feel like permanent residents. However, there is some good news. They can move. At any point they can decide that a new address is called for. Guess what? That's true for all of us.

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by something that you can hardly see the forest for the trees? That burdened feeling makes you think you will never get through whatever you are dealing with. It may be a big project at work. It may be planning an event. It may be getting through a family crisis. Or, it might just be getting through an afternoon with the kids.

When you get to that place - the seriously overcome, I have so much to do I can hardly stand it, help me now place - remember this, you don't have to figure it all out right this minute. You only have to identify the next action you need to take. That's it. Don't think about the end game. Don't think about how much more you have to do. Just think about the very next step. Identify that single action and take it. Then repeat as needed. How simple is that?

I see this technique as a tricky little way to keep making progress even when I am feeling that I will never get it all done. By narrowing my focus to the present, I can avoid the crazy making that comes from being so overwhelmed that I can't manage big picture thinking.

What tricks do you use to overcome overwhelm? I would love to hear about them, so please share.

posted on: 8/7/2011 4:35:47 PM by Kelly Jayne McCann
category: General Organizing Tips

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Kelly Jayne McCann, Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant, helps busy people get more done in less time. Her ability to ask the right questions and actively listen helps her fully understand the needs of her clients. She is able to quickly identify solutions that will work for the long term and really make a positive impact. Kelly's clients regularly comment on how comfortable and confident they feel when working with her. Kelly offers hands-on and virtual services, including online organizing classes and workshops. She is available for group speaking. Her audiences always enjoy her engaging style, as well as her humor.

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