You may be in the same situation. Or maybe others are optimistic for you and give you too much to do. Whatever the reason for your overload, here are some tips I have learned in the last few ABSENT months from GUIDANCEgospel to help:
1. Stop the madness
When things are too much and spiraling out of control and you feel the stress, you just have to hit the pause button. It may be for a minute, an hour, a day or a week, but you have to stop to take a breath and let your brain sort things out. It seems counter intuitive when you have so much going on. But when you stop and let your brain clear you can get clear.
2. Make a list
This one's my fave. I'm obsessed with lists. It's old school, but lists are great. They clarify all that you are trying to accomplish. They can be used for various purposes.
Once you've made the list, go through and scratch off the things that really do not matter. There are things on your list you are stressing over that are not important. Just scratch them off. Don't do them. Nobody cares.
I am horrible at this. Believe it or not, you are not the only person on the planet who can do things! Even though people may do things differently than you, let them. If you didn't exist, this stuff would be done by somebody else anyway (or not at all, see #3).
Take the things that are left on the list and figure out what is most important. Do what you can to the best of your ability. There are only so many hours in the day.
This one was, and still is, the hardest tactic for me to learn. Let people know what is being handled, what is not being done, and who is doing what. This keeps everybody in the know and reduces stress for you and everybody else involved. My problem lately is that I close up like a clam and expect everyone else to do something about it.
7. Create a Mission
Now that the crisis is averted, you need to be sure that you have a life mission, an organizational mission, and a plan for your life. This will help you eliminate more problems in the future by not over committing to things that are not important to you.
All of us have seasons where we get overloaded. I just went through a good 6 months of it and I missed out on SO MUCH. Life, friends, blogging, my relationship. By clarifying our purposes and our limits we can stay in a position where we are balanced and maintaining healthy stress.
What do you do to deal with the 'overload' in your life?
P.S. I really did miss you guys. Thanks for letting me clam up, standby for greatness...