By goodness, I think I’ve finally licked overwhelm!
Six days into 2010 and my year-end is done, reconciled and ready for the accountant. Not only that, but I’m making great headway on a number of other projects that combined had me overwhelmed to the point of complete inertia.
In addition to the books, I’m juggling home renovations, the AffiliateBloggerPro project, a new book, Affiliate Summit preparations (Jan 16-19), a surprise birthday party (Jan 20th), winter vacation planning (Jan 23 – Feb 10), workup to Valentine’s Day for 101Date.com, and queuing up posts for all my sites while I’m unavailable for almost 4 weeks…not to mention eating, sleeping, snow shoveling and other forms of exercise.
Under normal circumstances my brain would seize at the prospect of all those tasks and you’d find me on the couch in the afternoon watching something inane like a Real Housewives of Orange County marathon for hours on end, trying to relieve the stress.
Let me tell you, that form of ‘stress-relief’ doesn’t work.
Instead, I lie there thinking about everything I have to do and berate myself for having accomplished absolutely nothing, while the real housewives go about spending $18,000 on a 10 year old’s birthday party and buying $5000 handbags (for which I berate them even more). 🙂
But I finally discovered how to overcome the overwhelm and it was actually easy to do.
On January 2nd, I realized that it would be easier to do my GST (Goods and Services tax) submission for January 30th, if my books were up-to-date. Then I realized that (despite good intentions) I’d made no entries since firing my useless bookeeper in June.
Six months of entries. Considering I’m leaving on January 16th, talk about overwhelm!
But… when I looked at it positively, I realized that I had 13 days.
13 days, 6 months, half a month per day… … hmmmm.
I thought I could chunk the process down and spend an hour per day doing entries and have it done before I left for Affiliate Summit, and still have time to work on other projects.
Turned out that I was wrong.
The data entry went far faster than I expected — especially after I figured out what I was supposed to do with those multi-currency options.
Here’s the crux…
Just deciding to start by doing a little bit and limit the time I spent per day got me off the couch.
And once I started to see the results, I got on a roll. I discovered that the work wasn’t nearly so heinous as I presumed.
It never really is.
So, there’s the big tip for overcoming overwhelm.
Don’t fret over having to do the WHOLE darned thing at once. Nothing ever happens that way. Just as a book is written page by page and houses are built board by board, your project too will be completed step by step.
Give yourself a time limit during which you’ll only focus on one aspect of your project. That way you won’t get fatigued by doing one thing for too long. Best of all, you’ll feel great that you’ve made some progress as opposed to none.
Now all you have to do is get off the couch and start. 🙂