Do you always have more things to do than you have time to do them?
If so, you’re not alone!
There’s a simple, 5-step process you can do to help you manage the fire hose of ideas and tasks that knock you over.
If you can master step 1, you’ll feel less stressed, less overwhelmed and more able to focus and tackle the projects you put your mind to.
Step 1: Expect that you’ll always have more ideas than you have the energy to tackle.
Let me give you an example…
If you go to a park and notice that the gate sticks a little when you close it, you’ll likely just be mildly annoyed for a moment and then forget about it. You don’t have the desire to fix it.
I understand, though, that changing your expectations can be hard to internalize.
It can be quite liberating if you go through your day knowing that things are going to come up that you don’t have the time, energy, desire, or resources to tackle. From there, you’ll be able to prioritize everything that’s coming in. Initially, you can just decide what deserves your focus and what doesn’t deserve your attention.
Imagine having a new idea or new project that pops up and thinking, “you know, I don’t really care as much about this as I do the other things.” You won’t feel like you “should” be doing something, or feel badly about not doing it, or feel rushed. You’ll just feel better that you’ve prioritized something that’s more important to you.
You can apply that to the other things that bombard you throughout the day.