Earlier this week, I found myself a little overwhelmed. There was no real reason to be, but sometimes you look at everything around you and think, “There’s just too much.”
I have writing projects vying for space in my head and time in my day.
I have a toddler who, while awesome, does require my attention. (Funny how that works.)
I have personal goals I’ve neglected that I’m paying for now.
When things pile up, whether it be a literal pile of laundry and dishes, a pile of extra pounds on the scale, or just a stack of words and thoughts in my head struggling to find their place, I tend to feel like I can’t do it all. Sadly, my gut reaction to that feeling is to not do any of it.
That’s not a solution.
This time, I started by giving myself a little break. I stepped away from some of my writing projects. I spent time organizing the house, which included throwing stuff out. I sat down and made a plan for personal responsibilities. I mapped out a schedule, removing the unnecessary fluff that pads my day (an honest examination always reveals more fluff than you expect).
Yesterday I sat down with my writing projects and started working out a plan to choose a focus.
And today, things are finally feeling like that are all adding up.
I think there are a lot of us, particularly among those reading this, that take on a lot in our lives. Whether it be out of necessity or desire, we pack our lives with so much activity, not to mention tangible “stuff”.
Inevitably, we get overwhelmed.
And that is when it is time to step back and subtract. Don’t give up and walk away. Just recalculate. What could you do without – whether it’s physical or mental – that would allow all else to fall into place?
Once you find the answer, toss it. Then move forward.
On a sidenote: I didn’t realize that I blew right by the 50k view milestone recently. So, faithful readers and new ones alike, thank you for all your support!