If you are feeling overwhelmed – whether it’s in your business, family, or other aspects of your life – remember that multitasking is overrated. Studies show that people really can’t multitask at all. When they try, productivity goes down and stress goes up. Keep reading to discover 4 steps for eliminating overwhelm (or at least reducing it to a manageable level).
1. One Goal at a Time
If you have many goals, that’s great. But, you don’t have to do them all at once. For example, let’s say you want to lose weight and eat better. You don’t have to wake up tomorrow and be perfect. Instead, you can focus on one small goal at a time. Starting tomorrow, give up sweet drinks like soda. Next month, give up sugar in your coffee. One goal at a time.
2. Small Steps Offer Big Rewards
When you take one small step at a time toward a goal, even if it seems like you’ll never finish, time will pass and you will finish. For example, if you were to start today on a quest to get in 10K steps a day when you normally only walk 300 steps a day, it’s better if you just add a small number of steps each week to your daily total until you reach your goal. Even by just doubling each week how far you walk, you’ll be at 10K in only 5 and a half weeks. What’s more is you’ll do it rather painlessly. This works for any type of goal you have – whether it’s writing a book or getting your house tidy.
3. Tackling Small Goals: How to Choose
It can be harder to choose which goals to tackle in business than in your personal life. So, it’s important to ask yourself what the one thing is that I can do first that will make the most impact now?
Let’s say you have a product and a website, but you don’t have a good mailing list. Work on your mailing list.
That means you may need to create an opt-in, but you can create the list, put in some autoresponders, and then after you’re done with that, create an opt-in. Or you can create an opt-in, then the autoresponder. Either way you choose to do it, only worry about the one thing you’re doing first. Nothing more. Go to the next thing only when you’re done.
4. Map it Out
You might want to create a map of the things you need to do and put them in order of first to last. Then simply go through the list, one thing at a time, until you’re done. It’s okay if it takes a year to get done. Even then, it will get done. Be realistic. If you want to write a 10,000 book, it starts with just one word.
Regardless of how you work best, just getting started on something is better than doing nothing. Whether you work on an outline for your book, and then start writing, or you simply start writing is up to you. What you choose to focus on is totally dependent on your goals, and your own timeline – not someone else’s. No one else is living your life with your responsibilities, so don’t let anyone else set the pace. But do set a pace, and do move forward, one thing at a time.
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