Does it look like there are constant obstructions in your way?
Does it seem like you have so much to do that you can’t keep them straight?
Do you feel like some insane existence is sabotaging you by preventing your progress?
What is it like when you feel overwhelmed? You can’t keep your thoughts together, every problem is huge, and you feel stress, anxious and have trouble sleeping. You might feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Being overwhelmed can affect you deeply in both mind and emotion.
So how can you overcome this?
That’s easy, make a plan and set goals.
Well, if it were that easy I could stop this podcast now. Unfortunately, we all know it is not.
Most of us know it’s easy to make goals, and to be able to see yourself meet them, but the problem is actually doing it during the daily grind.
So how do we overcome this problem?
Start by taking some time and making a mind map. You can do this on your own or as a group in a brainstorming session.
So, what is a Mind Map?
A mind map is a diagram which represents thoughts and concepts beginning with a central idea.
In order to start a mind map, you will need a whiteboard or Bristol board, something big to write on. In the centre of the board write your main theme or idea; for example, hotel, bed-and-breakfast or resort. Then link related ideas, words or drawings to it through branches. You can then add secondary branches and as many sub-branches as necessary to reflect any ideas around that central thought.
Keep adding until you cannot think of anything else.
Mind maps are great! It encourages you and others to perform radiant thinking or creative thought which is an effective method to improve your understanding and memory through the visual illustration of information.
Determine your priorities and deadlines; put them in a calendar.
If you have projects you want to accomplish, determine when you want them completed and work backwards to establish a realistic timeline writing all of the steps and elements you need to take to get there.
Now that you can see what has to be done it might not look quite as scary.
Whenever you can chunk or batch?
Chunking is the process of dividing something into smaller pieces. You can chunk down a job or a project to make actionable steps and batching and I will give you an example of batching.
If you are in the habit of sending out thank you cards to your guests for staying, instead of doing them one at a time, wait until you have a few you like to send and do them all together. This can be more efficient and save you time.
Another important thing to remember is when planning and setting goals think long-term and be patient.
As in the immortal words of Warren Buffett:
“No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”
What is the next step: Do it!
It’s never too late to get on track with your goals. When you break goals into doable chunks and batch whenever you can, it’s much easier and more motivating to achieve them.
That’s a look at how you can overcome feeling overwhelmed…
If you have any interesting stories about feeling overwhelmed or how you overcame it and would like to share or have any questions or feedback you can leave them in the comments section of the show notes.
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Let’s continue to work together to put heads in your beds.
Until next time, have a fun day.
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