A couple of weeks ago, I felt like were piling up. Client work. My own projects. The housework. I was clenching my teeth (and then feeling guilty about THAT) and just generally unable to focus in on what I needed to do and why.
I had a list, but it just felt “too big” and I didn’t know where to start. Thanks, anxiety!
Sure, I “knew” I had to prioritise a few things and focus on them, but I was having one of those days where irrationally I felt like “everything” had to be done. You feel me?
I was stuck in my own head, on the hamster-wheel of anxiety. So, I went to my partner who was working in a different room and let him know I was struggling with figuring out what I had to do.
After a hug, he sat down with me. I felt silly, but anxiety does that. And he got me to talk through my to-do list. To pick out three important things to focus on.
Once we had those, I packed my computer up, left the house and headed to my favourite local cafe where I sat for FOUR WHOLE HOURS. Not only did I get the three things DONE, I blasted through a whole heap of other tasks too.
Content creation and delivery can be overwhelming. It can pile up into a giant to-do list. It can seem impossible to know where to start.
Talk it through
If you’re like me and you do better talking through things, talk to someone. Hell, even your cat can be a useful sounding board.
Limit what you have to do
“Everything” is not useful and if you’re like me, you’re more likely to do nothing when you “have to do everything”. Pick one thing. Just start.
Limit your time
I know how tempting it is to want to “work all of the time” and “just keep going until it’s done”, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list, I guarantee you, carving out a sliver of time is best.
25 minutes is a great place to start. You can do anything for 25 minutes. You don’t have to finish anything, but just work solidly for 25 minutes. By going to a cafe, I limited my time. I thought I’d be there for an hour or two. That was important. I didn’t set out to stay for four hours.
So, what are your top tips for getting your content created and delivered when you’re feeling overwhelmed?