Blog How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed in 4 Steps

Published on October 18th, 2013 | by djprophetic

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How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed in 4 Steps

How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed in 4 Steps

 How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed in 4 Steps

One of the most stressful emotions to have is the feeling being overwhelmed. Have you ever felt like you’re going multiple directions at the same time? Do you constantly feel like, “Hmm…I should be doing something else with my time right now”? Do you feel you’re always rushing to be somewhere or finish something, leaving many things incomplete?

 

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. In fact, 77% of Americans experience physical symptoms caused by stress and 73% experience psychological symptoms from stress according to statisticbrain.com.That is a lot of stressed out people! Some of the top reasons people are stressed include money, jobs, relationships, and illness woes. So what’s the solution?

Here are four steps I’ve used to battle the constant spirit of “overwhelm”:

1.Tracking and Analyzing How You Utilize Your Time

A lot of times being overwhelmed comes from our poor time management and lack of attention to how we use our time. “You can’t manage, what you don’t measure,” states management expert, Peter Drucker. Do you know where your time is going and what is pulling for your time? Do you know how you spent the last 24 hours in detail? It’s time to start measuring your time and daily activities because there may be things that are stealing your time that don’t need to be. Here are some tools that I use that I know will help you:

RescueTime.com (Free)– It will help you find out where you spend your time when on your computer.

E.ggtimer.com (Free)- A great online timer to monitor your activities.

Daily Routine App (dailyroutineapp.com)- ($2.99) – An excellent app to schedule how you schedule each hour of your day.

2. Setting Your Priorities

Once you are tracking your time, you also need to set your priorities. This is a major cause for overwhelm because we try to do so many things at one time but we were only designed to focus on one thing at a time. Late great author, Stephen Covey, said it best, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” It’s imperative that you prioritize your schedule before your schedule prioritizes you. So many people (including me) feel they have to get everything done at once.  However, it’s been proven, the most successful people get 1-2 major things done each day instead of 7-10 medium priorities. See this graph to help you prioritize:

steven-coveys-time-management-matrix1

3. Saying NOOOOOOOOOO!

So now that you got your time management and priorities in place, it’s time to do the hardest part! These two letters, “N-O,” put together have saved more people from stress then any technique, gadget, or seminar ever will. Saying “N-O” can be difficult for some to say and may come easier for others. If you get a lot of requests to work on projects, go on outings, and help others with certain tasks, you need to learn to say “NO” to some of these things. As one of my favorite thinkers put it, “Learn to say “NO” to the Good, so you can say “YES” to the best.” -John C. Maxwell.

 4.Find Your Personal Sabbath Day

This is the one I personally struggle with the most, having your own day of rest. I’ll never forget the message I heard about how God, the creator of the entire Universe, worked to create our environment for six days and then on the last day, He rested. If God, the creator of everything, made it a priority to take one day to rest, how much more should we, His creation, take the time to rest? For the last three weekends, I’ve done my best to take 24 hours of complete rest, and my wife makes sure that I follow through on that :). If you take just 24 hours to rest your mind from work, activities, and any work related tasks, you’ll be surprised at how much more your mind is sharper, your energy is renewed, and your productivity increases.

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

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