Wednesday, February 27, 2013


OK. People who know me well know that I tend to get overwhelmed all of a sudden. Either I have it completely together (or look like I do!) or I'm in a ball being dramatic about something or another.

It's a skill. Please try not to be too jealous.

Well, after coming back to work and life from the weekend this week, I've been feeling particularly crazed and busy and scattered in my thoughts. No thank you. It's not effective and I'm not actually that busy. I mean it's not like I'm running a company or being super famous or wearing the prettiest clothes of all time on my hit TV show.

What I am is a working professional who has a blog and a boyfriend and many wonderful friends and family. So, for anyone in a similar boat feeling like she doesn't have the right paddle or has seemingly dropped her only paddle in the water and it got eaten by a shark, then listen up!

Here's what I'm doing to climb out of this frantic feeling - maybe it will work for you too.

Step 1. Breathe.
That felt good. Congratulate yourself for taking the necessary oxygen into your body.

Step 2. Make a list of 5 things you would like to accomplish in the next few hours.
The key to this one is the time limit. You cannot make a list that you can't accomplish. Well you can, but it's going to make you feel like a Mexican jumping bean. (I think those are real.)

Step 3. Go down the list one item at a time and NIKE.
My mom often tells me "Nike." She means "just do it."
During this step, do not do other things. If you are on task 1, do not dabble in task 2 or in no task at all like reading blogs. Even if it's mine. Sorry me, but it's true.

Step 4. Reward yourself when you are done.
I am going to eat some of these and watch some of this on DVR.

Step 5. When you come to a time crunch again, repeat this process.
But remember: be gentle, be realistic, be committed. Don't yell at yourself. Set goals you can accomplish in the time you have. If they are huge then break them into baby goals. Or goalies. (I slay myself.) Then, Nike. You know what to do!

Today my list looked like this:
A. Read / Organize emails
B. Edit Draft Proposal
C. Review Solicitation Tasks
D. Make Agenda for Weekly Meeting
E. Schedule Follow-Up with Client

When I put my mind to it, the whole process took me about two hours. And I felt great after. I still have work to do. But I got some of it done. So that is called progress. I'm going to choose to feel great about that. And to not worry about the things I have to do tomorrow until tomorrow.

And eat cookies. Of course.

P.S. I hope if you were feeling overwhelmed, you feel better after looking at these silly pictures of me :)


  1. Great tips! I don't get overwhelmed very often but when I do - #1 is essential!

  2. Thanks Elle! I am so glad there are other people who forget to breathe like me haha. The easiest things are sometimes the hardest!


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