January 2020 Newsletter
Hello, and a joyful January and happy 2020 to you!
Overwhelm? One thing at a time!
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Today's issue is about a helpful way to deal with overwhelm.
It's a new year and a new decade. Everywhere you look folks are talking
about a fresh start, tackling that project with renewed energy
and drive. The holiday bills are just starting to come in, you're
not even sure what your New Year's resolution is this time around, and you
haven't put away the holiday decorations yet. Rather than attacking
something new, you feel like crawling back into bed!
It helps me when I feel overwhelmed and am starting to ask myself "How can I
possibly handle all this?" to remember that I've gotten through busy
periods in the past. You might keep one or two of these incidents from your
own past in mind to encourage you and build your self-confidence. You managed
to overcome that, so you can deal with this too. Is there one small
thing you could do now which would help you feel like you were
making progress? Baby steps are better than no steps at all.
When feeling buried under an enormous list of chores or assignments,
it's also useful to take a short break. Our busy brain needs a chance
to rest and re-assess. Take a breath, then look around at your situation.
No, you can't get everything done today or even this week, and you know
more is likely coming in any moment. What can you do? Just cleaning
up one corner of your desk, or one drawer, could make you feel more
in control, and start you moving toward other grander accomplishments.
Start where you are.
Staying present with the task you're doing right now, even if it's resting or
planning rather than actively producing, can maximize the use of your
energy. I'm convinced that multi-tasking is not only inefficient, it also
makes me tired! Switching from one task to another, then back again, while
trying to keep my mind on both at the same time, exhausts me just
thinking about it. Keeping our focus on one thing at a time, then
moving our attention and energy to a new "target" when we're ready or
something more urgent shows up, is the best use of our precious human resources.
What if everything feels urgent? We may still be able to proceed methodically and
be productive if we choose our actions wisely. We can extinguish one fire first, then
another, then start in on the lower-priority jobs, completing part or all of each
of them before moving on to something else. A coach I've trained with has a "whistle
while you work" philosophy. (Think of Snow White's Seven Dwarfs). He says
cheerfully, while he's being busy, "Getting things done -- Doo duh doo!".
Following this wise coach's example, there's no reason accomplishing things can't also be
enjoyable too. I used to think that anything worth doing was a reason to struggle and strain
and worry while I worked at it. Now, though I still do push myself, strain and worry feel like
a waste of my energy. I can't do everything, but I can do this one thing in front of
me, then maybe do something else if I feel like it. That overwhelming mountain of to-do
items is looking a lot more manageable already.
To read about a vision improvement practice for focusing on one
thing at a time,
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Enjoy the start of this glorious month of January, and of a new year and decade.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!