Many of us go through a time where there’s just so much that needs to be done, it’s as if we can’t act. We’re overwhelmed by all that needs to be done.
The good news is there are ways to overcome that feeling. Let’s take a closer look at some time management tricks for people who are overwhelmed with everything.
Write Down Everything That Needs to Be Done
First things first. Sit down and write down everything you need to do. EVERYTHING. It doesn’t necessarily mean these things will get done. What this does is show you everything that’s on your radar.
In many cases, you’ll find that things aren’t really that bad once you see the actual list. You can then begin to prioritize what needs the most attention. You can also relieve some of your brain clutter to remember all your tasks since they’re written down.
A major reason people often feel overwhelmed is because their space is a cluttered mess. It’s impossible to concentrate when everywhere you look is another pile of clutter. Take the time to tame your space by decluttering it. You’ll be amazed at how great you feel by simply getting rid of the things you no longer need.
Once your space is decluttered, get organized. When you’re organized, it’s so much easier to get things done. You know where everything is, which means you can easily grab what you need. This can greatly cut down the time it takes to do a simple project.
Spend Just 15 Minutes Doing Something
Whether it’s decluttering, getting organized, or cleaning – spend just 15 minutes each day. You’ll be amazed at what can be accomplished in that time frame. Do your 15 minutes each day and you’ll soon be on top of whatever you’re trying to master.
Use a Planner
Planning out your to-do list makes it much easier to visualize your day. There’s no guessing about what you need to do next. You simply go through your day, following your schedule. The key is to plan your day based on when you’re most productive. Do tasks that require little attention during those hours when you’re usually tired. During the hours you’re in peak condition, plan work that will require the most effort.
Focus on One Task at a Time
Here’s the thing. People talk about multitasking all the time. But have you ever really thought about the fact that multitasking is virtually impossible? You’re constantly stopping one task to work on another. None of your projects are getting your full attention. This is why you’re much more productive when you focus on one thing at a time.
Get a Head Start on the Next Day
Take the time to get your items ready for the next day. Lay out the supplies needed for a project, gather all your laundry into your laundry room to wash the next day, etc. Do whatever you need to based on what you have planned.
Become an Early Bird
Last, but not least, sleeping in may be nice, but people get so much more done when they wake up early. Think about it. Many of us are programmed to end our day around 5PM. This means that if you sleep in until 9AM, you’re not getting as much done. If you wake up at 6AM, you’re able to shower, have breakfast, start a load of laundry, etc. and still have a full 8 hours to do whatever you need to do around the house.
You don’t have to stay overwhelmed. There are ways to get yourself moving so that you can tackle everything that needs to get done.