Best Work Yet | Susan Gregory

How to reduce overwhelm when you have lots of goals

I was speaking on a panel at a conference recently and was asked how to become more productive and achieve multiple goals without feeling overwhelmed. A lot of people feel this way when they’re trying to get a lot done and this can lead to paralysis.

We have access to so much technology and labour-saving devices that we expect a lot of ourselves. Too much at times, I think.

If you are feeling overwhelmed regarding your goals, remember this: “Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.” You don’t need to start everything today! There’s time.

Try this instead:

1. Pick the first thing you want to work on.

Brainstorm what you need to do to make it happen.  It doesn’t have to be a full project plan, just a list of next steps.

2. Choose one step to take today.

Do it. If there’s something in your way of taking that first step, removing the obstacle to taking action is your REAL first step. For example, if you can’t sign up for a coaching course until you get a recommendation from a friend, your real first step is to call your friend to get the recommendation.

3. Decide on the next step.

Put a reminder on your to-do list or calendar.

4. Keep a success list.

We’re always thinking about what we haven’t yet accomplished but often forget to acknowledge what we’ve already done. Keeping a list of your achievements will help you realize that you are already a productive, successful person.

Once you’ve got your first goal underway and you’re feeling good about it, then you might think about what else to start. Go back to step 1. Keep acknowledging your progress as you go along. You’ve got this!

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Categories: Productivity.

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