Why be overwhelmed?

“To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.”  ~ George Bernard Shaw

The practice of living a life empowered by inefficiency; too many different directions, too many challenges, too many unfinished projects, too much unopened mail, too many goals, too many demanding relationships and too many daily random functions. Simply too much of the same ol’, same ol’…

If it feels at times like everyone and anyone needs you for one reason or another, your time, your energy, your love, your life blood. How are we expected to keep up, stay sane and work with life to achieve our own wants, needs and desires.

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”  ~ Epicurus

As it often happens, all of a sudden we forget to breathe, to live life, to love ourselves, to appreciate our gifts or even worse we get sick. Our defenses against illness are weakened when we are inundated by life.

A feeling of being overwhelmed by our routine filled with a myriad of unfinished tasks can and will break you down and make you feel uninspired as well. You may get further buried by the consequences of poor decisions made too quickly or impulsively, your best intentions aside, you are now subdued by all the rubble. Not to worry for their is help and a simple process that will help you live a better life again.

What may be seen as an unpopular process, involving you to simply take a fresh and intelligent look at a big challenge and simply convert it into smaller, more definable groups. Listen to your heart when you decide what needs to be accomplished first and gain the insight and knowledge from accomplishing a few simple steps.

Organization can and will set you free, or at the very least, give you some room to breathe and feel less overwhelmed. Remember that it isn’t about getting all the huge, super important things that affect and perplex us on your list – it’s a one step at a time process that will allow for setting some realistic goals and actually planning your life into three main categories –

  • Do it now
  • Do it soon
  • Do it whenever

To actually plan your day and even more terrifying, your entire week will first and foremost allow for you to steer through the panic moments and allow for calm and maybe even serenity (free of fears of unpleasant change) in order to welcome in the flow of positive energy we most desire.

No plan = more pain, it’s that simple.

So, give making a scribbled to do list a try for a week or so and see if it boosts your productivity and frees up your emotional roller coaster to allow for better sleep and better health.

Warning – do not stress yourself out by looking only at the entire list, instead take each entry as a specific challenge, do just one task at a time until it is completed.

Complete that one item and then if you don’t need a nap to recover, move on to the next…

“He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars; General Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite and flatterer: For Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.” ~ William Blake

The technology available to us today makes it possible to be even more organized and more easily too in theory and this brings me to three applications or widgets that I find quite helpful, and yes I use them all everyday.

  • Notes (an electronic To Do List)
  • Calendar (reminders referenced to pending events)
  • Evernote (the details, including thoughts and inspirations)

What I foresee happening soon is to use only Evernote for everything. Don’t stress about needing some new gadget to accomplish tasks and goals because people have been succeeding with just pencil and paper for centuries. Keep it simple…

“The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business, or almost anything else for that matter.” – Lee Iacocca

Being that so many of us have issues, challenges, resentments or simply fears of setting goals and actually planning their lives, I have wondered about my own resistance to this practice as well in the past.  I have learned from reading about successful people, that their primary key to success, spoken quite intently mind you, is that of making lists and in setting goals.

“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” ~ Brian Tracy

Many of you and those of my generation may have never been taught to set goals early enough in life. I discovered much later in life while attending an adult education night class about increasing memory. Here is was made very clear that keeping things organized and in their place, your mind can prepare itself better to retain new things and recall past kjnowledge more easily.

What should be a key, pivotal progression in all this is the quest for a life improvement and productive change, the more we are deeply interested in and committed to truly changing our lives, the better. The difficult process of leaving old habits, bad feelings and inaccurate or inappropriate beliefs behind takes time, but there is guidance available to help us do so.

The process of organization, purging bad habits, maintaining to do lists, goal setting, and self-awareness practice fuels my burning desire to become a published author and share my story with others.

Keeping life organized allows for the better digestion of all the emails, the texts, the blog posts, the reading, the audio books, the inspiration and the inward analysis to hopefully become a better person. I do hope that it will work wonders for you as well…

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

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