You know that feeling where you start to feel aggravated with others or anxious internally because you have too much to do and too little time? How do you handle that moment?
When it comes to planning our weeks and stewarding our time/responsibilities, here are some helpful and simple tips when you feel overwhelmed.
1. Declutter your head
One of the main causes of anxiety in us is open loops that keep going in circles within us because we have not got them out of our heads and into a place that we feel confident we will remember to follow through on them. So write them on a piece of paper or our weekly planning tool, and prioritize them. Half the battle is just getting incomplete tasks and responsibilities out of your head.
2. Come up with a plan
One we get those tasks or responsibilities that are pressing into us onto paper or our organizing tool, then we have to come up with a plan. Prioritize the list and put the tasks into your calendar so you can see everything in a place. This will give you encouragement when you see everything listed out and planned.
We get more done by giving stuff away, but sometimes this is hard because it feels like a risk. Will it be done right? Will it be done completely? Will it be done in the way we want it to? If we trust others, believe in them and give clear vision, the next step is to delegate. Give more away and get more done. If we don’t trust and empower others, we just limited how far we will go as a leader.
4. Stop the Crazy Cycle
If you feel overwhelmed week in and week out you must choose to stop the cycle. Don’t point the finger outside of yourself. You can say no. Many times the answer is delegation, reforming our work flow, and having a plan at the start of each day. We can waste much time because we are reactive instead of proactive in our purposefulness and planning. Start the day with a plan, even if that plan gets thrown out the window quickly. If you continually are feeling stressed out, track your hours and your tasks for a week and see what you learn. Where are you wasting time? Where are you excelling? What do you want to do differently?
5. Honor Your Limitations
When we blow past our limitations by saying yes to too much, we are left tired, frustrated and disillusioned. We stop believing in our life or organizational mission and our energy levels will get depleted quickly. We cannot live in the red zone and operate in fifth gear forever. When we honor our limitations and seek to thrive in every aspect of our lives with balance, we find that we live with greater joy and peace. Work isn’t the enemy. God created you and part of that creation story is to work and cultivate. The real enemy to watch out for is us, making an idol out of work, success, approval or our children. By living in our limits we end up living a full and joyful life. This was and is still sometimes one of my own greatest challenges. When you are motivated and passionate, this seems counter-intuitive. If you never stop the car, you will run out of gas eventually.
Sometimes you need an outside voice. At Multiplyleaders we provide leadership coaching so you can live each week with power, focus and effectiveness.