How do you achieve your goals when you're feeling overwhelmed?

By Canadian Management Centre

Break it down and take just one step
The best way to break through overwhelm is to take action. But how do you do that when you’re feeling short on time and stressed? Great question. The secret is to break it down. When you have an enormous task in front of you or multiple tasks, you need to break down what needs to get done and pick ONE thing that you can do in a reasonable amount of time. Then set a timer. For example, is there just one step that can be accomplished in 30 minutes? If so, set a timer for 30 minutes, eliminate all distractions, and commit to doing that first step.

Often just getting started, combined with the satisfaction of completing one step, will calm your brain and build the momentum to keep going. If you take it ‘one step at a time’ you can accomplish more than you think.

Be ruthless with your to do list
Next, you want to be ruthless in your assessment of whether everything on your list really is a priority. Often, we have a lot of ‘shoulds’ on our list that are not as urgent as they might feel. They can feel extremely important however when they’re tied to our fear of letting other people down or to the desire of wanting to ‘do it all’ or needing to prove something. Be honest and compassionate with yourself and ask, what can I eliminate from my list?

Delegate where possible
Don’t forget to consider those things that others might be able to assist with. Is there something you could delegate? Outsource? Ask someone to help you with?

Shift your mindset
Finally, shift your mindset. Take 1 minute to write the things you’ve accomplished in your life at times when you just had no idea how you were going to get through it all. Use the memory of those accomplishments to fuel your way forward.

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