Ever feel like you have so much to do that you literally don’t know what to do next? It is so easy to overwhelmed today with all the technology and social media available to all of us. Unless you have a regular process or discipline for reviewing what’s on your plate, becoming overwhelmed can have a serious impact on your performance, productivity and how you respond to situations happening around you.
Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed, I go through a process called “Clearing Your Mental Desk” I first learned from Eben Pagan in his program, Wake Up Productive. It takes around 20 minutes and it always helps me to get out of the feeling of being overwhelmed and allows me to refocus on what is most important.
The idea behind this process is that if your desk is cluttered and you can’t find anything, it makes it hard to work efficiently. It is the same thing for your mind – if your mind is cluttered and has a million things running around in it, you can’t work very efficiently.
Here is the process:
- Take out a blank piece of paper and write down everything that is on your mind. Write down everything you think about, everything you are concerned or worried about, all the things that come up in your mind when you are trying to go to sleep, write down everything! Write for 15 minutes straight.
- Go through your list and put a check mark next to everything that is outside of your control and put a star next to everything that is within your control.
- Review all the items with a star next to them that are important to you, the things that are going to get you a lot of results in life if you put some effort into them, and transfer them to another list. Put them in priority order because these are the things that you can work on over the next 90 days or so. These are the things you are going to focus on and become productive in.
- Review the remaining items on your original list (the ones with a check mark next to them) and consciously choose to let it go. As you go through the list with the check marks next to them, consciously release them. Ask yourself, “Can I let this go?” If your answer is a “Yes”, release the item.
You have to consciously do this because there is a lot of power in doing this – when you see it written down and you consciously decide to let it go.
The items with the stars, you are going to get really clear on the things you are going to focus on over the next three months and over the next year. If there are more than 10 things on that list, you have too many. So get it down to 10 things, maximum!
Give this process a go and see what you experience as a result.
Question: How do you get out of the feeling of overwhelm? What techniques do you use?
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