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Dealing with Overwhelm

When I feel completely overwhelmed by all the things I think I “should” be doing, instead of letting all of it sit in my head, stressing me out, and sending me towards a panic attack, I slow down and write it out.

I get my big yellow notepad and just write down all the things I think I “should” be doing right now.

I don’t have any format and I don’t try and keep it neat and pretty. I just get the thoughts out of my head and on to paper.

I write down every single thing that I keep playing over in the to-do list that lives in my head.

Once I write out all the things I think I should be doing, I evaluate each one objectively.

Do I really need to do this thing?

Is it moving me closer to my ultimate goal?

Is this something I’m doing for myself or to impress someone else?

How urgent is it that I get this thing done?

Once I’ve written everything out and evaluated what I truly need to do vs what was truly unnecessary tasks, I break down the things I need to do into bite size, actionable steps.

So one of the things this week that I kept spinning around in my head was that I need to get back to working on my Pinterest. At one point I had almost 200k monthly viewers and I completely let that slip away.

When this thought was in my head, it felt SO BIG. I was beating myself up about letting it all slip away. I was getting mad at myself for not staying consistent and growing that 200k to 500k or one million.

That did me ZERO good.

So instead, I sat down and wrote out WHY I want to grow my Pinterest.

Then I wrote down HOW I am going to regrow my Pinterest.

I broke it down into something so simple: just post 5 pins today. Nothing crazy, nothing fancy, just 5 pins.

And just like that, this overwhelming task that felt HUGE became as simple as just posting 5 pins that took me about 20 minutes to curate and post.

I do this with everything in life. When something is overwhelming me, I just break it down into what small thing I can do TODAY to move the needle forward.

What’s overwhelming you right now that you could break down into one bite size step that you could actually accomplish TODAY?

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