Overwhelmed? Get Unstuck In Three Easy Steps
You are feeling stuck. Overwhelmed. Maybe even paralyzed. Get pen and paper. We are about to get you moving again!
Chances are there is an item or two that's slowing you down. Think of it like water going down the drain. When there's no residue the water flows easily. But, when one messy thing gets stuck, let's say a small clump of hair, other items that would easily flow start getting caught in the hair. The clump starts growing, the water keeps slowing until … it gets blocked.
We are the same. Think about it: You have “something” that clogs your drain. This “something” becomes consuming and as a result everything else slows down. Before you know it you are stuck.
I was reminded of this just this morning. I like a tidy home, but there were dishes in the sink, clean laundry on the chair, yesterday's groceries still in bags, and plants getting droopy. I was feeling overwhelmed and didn't know where to start. All I could think about were bagels. These are the tell-tale signs that I had a hairball stuck in the drain. As I reached for my laptop yet again to check email and look at Facebook for “work” I thought, “okay, what's going on here?”
Everything. Have you ever noticed that when you feel great about something, everything else feels pretty great too? Same thing. When one thing is out of whack, other areas start to feel out of whack too. To get unstuck we need just a little bit of progress. Effect change in one area, something else will move too. I'll bet on it (and I'm not the betting type)!
I had been putting off an uncomfortable financial conversation with a rather unsavory person. Over the course of several days everything else started to feel “heavy” too. My work, which I love, felt overwhelming. I started questioning my relationship (how could he possibly love someone like me?). My daily tasks, like cleaning, putting away groceries and my laundry felt burdensome. Oh, and then there's the emotional eating associated with it all. It's contagious! Really. So, what is the one (or two) big thing/s creating a clog in your drain?
2. Write down three things to accomplish today.
- find the financial documents needed to address the issue in a meaningful way
- make a work-related appointment
- clean off my kitchen counter
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