If you’re anything like me, you have spectacular ambitions. You want to create your ideal life, but it seems like there are so many changes to make, and so many tasks to complete that you feel overwhelmed. And, when you feel overwhelmed, you tend to procrastinate and slip into a spiral of laziness. If this sounds like you, you know that this pattern is one of the most disappointing experiences of your life, especially if this happens all the time. In this article, I will explain how you can go after your biggest goals without feeling overwhelmed, and therefore without going into procrastination mode.
Tip #1: Give yourself some space
It’s 2017. Chances are, you are virtually attached to your phone. Most people check their phone first thing in the morning, and about half of people check it in the middle of the night! Consider, for a minute, that the notifications you’re constantly receiving might actually be cluttering your mind and causing you to feel overwhelmed.
When we check our phones first thing in the morning, we are being fed information by our notifications before we even have a chance to check in with ourselves. While we sleep, our subconscious minds are still very active, so if you pay attention, you’ll actually wake up with deep new insights. However, when we check our phones, our notifications suddenly become more important than our independent thoughts. What I’m suggesting is, wake up and give yourself 15–30 minutes every morning before checking your phone. Even better, sleep with your phone in another room and don’t check it until after you’ve taken some time for yourself (you might have to find another alarm, I use Google Home).
During these 15–30 minutes, you can pretty much do anything, although I highly suggest it doesn’t involve a screen. Maybe, for you, that’s sitting on your porch swing and enjoying a cup of coffee while remaining present. Or, maybe it’s going for a walk, doing some yoga, or meditating. And it doesn’t have to be the same thing every day, so feel free to mix it up. During this time, figure out the most important things that you can do today. If you prefer, you can also figure this out the night before. Either way, taking some time for yourself each morning without constant stimulation is a sure way reduce mental clutter, increase productivity, and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Try it and let me know what you think.
Tip #2: Shut it down
Don’t worry, I’m not talking about your phone again. I’m talking about you. If you can work from sunrise to sunset without burning out, that’s truly incredible. For the other 99.9% of us, we have to take a break or we will feel overwhelmed and start to procrastinate (If you struggle with procrastination check out 3 Tips to Overcome Procrastination and Get Shit Done). This part takes some self-awareness and some true honesty. Decide how long you can work each day, on a consistent basis, without burning out. Maybe you can work until 3, 5, or 8 P.M. I don’t know, only you could answer this question. And feel free to adjust the timing as you start to figure out.
So here’s how your day will look. You’ll wake up, take 15–30 minutes for yourself without any screens or other distractions. You decide what the most important tasks you can work on today are, and you start working. If you want to start a business but you have barely started, and the thought of starting is overwhelming, make you check out How to Start: A Call To Action for Entrepreneurs. Feel free to take a lunch break and maybe even a stretch break every one to two hours. Just make sure you set a time limit for your breaks so you remember to come back to your work. Once you’ve reached your “finishing time”, stop working and do whatever you want. I like to watch Youtube Videos, play sports, hang out with friends, or watch the Cleveland Indians. Whatever you enjoy, give yourself permission to do it. Too many of us spend all of our time believing that we “should” be doing something productive and feeling guilty whenever we take the time to have fun. It’s no wonder why so many people feel overwhelmed! Give yourself a break.
The key here is to find an ideal balance between working hard and relaxing. So, try this, and please let me know what you think. If this was valuable to you, please hit that recommend button and follow me more posts coming soon. If you’re wondering who I am, my name is David Miller and I help entrepreneurs overcome procrastination and create the business and lifestyle of their dreams. I am a certified professional coach and right now, I’m giving away free sessions to the first ten people who contact me. To schedule your free coaching call, click here. Also, be sure to check out my website davidmillercoahing.com. If there’s anything I can do to help you on your journey, or if you have any questions for me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!