In talking with a couple of my clients this week, I realized that I can dole out “easy” to do to done tips all day long, but when you are feeling swamped with too much to do already, it can feel daunting to try to learn one more new thing.
When you are feeling busy, adding more in — even if it is something that can streamline your systems or make things easier for you in the long run – can leave you feeling frustrated and burnt out.
- Take some time to clear out some clutter – be it physical, or mental – and make some space for the new.
- Delete old emails.
- Clean off your desk.
- Do the dishes.
- Complete what you’ve started before you move forward. Adding more on top of unfinished business just leaves you feeling stressed.
- Revel in the joy of finishing something to give you momentum and confidence to move towards what’s next. When you have too much going on, give yourself permission to do less.
- Remove things from your to do list. Admit you just may not get them done this week. No matter how busy you get though, it is important to stick to what is truly important to you to keep you going:
- Exercise – even if it’s just taking 10 minutes to take your dog for a walk around the block
- Nutrition – avoid mindless eating. Think about what will fuel you, versus what you might “crave” when you are stressed out.
- Sleep – make it a priority. Tackling busy times with less sleep can be akin to getting behind the wheel after too many cocktails.
- Take a break – Step away from your desk and get some perspective.
If I want you to walk away from this week’s tip with one key thing, it’s to do less. “Don’t add; subtract.” (bonus points if you know what movie that’s from 😉 More on top of too much to do already just leaves you feeling like you don’t have enough space, time, and energy.