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How to Deal With Overwhelming Amounts of Work and Tasks

Updated on February 17, 2018
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Life can become very overwhelming at times. We all have moments where we have too much to do and absolutely no desire to get anything done. It can be stressful and it is definitely difficult to deal with. However, there are ways to navigate through these feelings so that you can end up on top of your game. If you're feeling overwhelmed with work or with other tasks, here is how you can conquer that overwhelm.

1. Collect Yourself

The most important thing about dealing with overwhelm is learning to let go. By this, I don't mean that you should ignore the tasks that you need to do. I simply mean that you need to let go for a minute and breathe. Pretend that you have absolutely no tasks waiting for you. Feel the calm wash over you as you bring yourself back to a state of relaxation. You may even want to take a break and do something that you love so you feel more prepared to tackle life. Whatever it is that you have to do, get to a peaceful state of mind so that you can get through all of your work without having to feel as though you are going to break down.

2. Sort Through Your Work or Tasks

We often feel overwhelmed because we have too much to do at a given moment and we feel that we do not have enough time or energy to do it. This is usually not true. Grab a piece of paper and a writing utensil and begin writing down all of the things you need to get done. Don't panic! It might look big at first but this article will show you that all of those tasks are definitely doable.

3. Start Listing Tasks in Order of Importance

Now that you have a better idea of what you need to get done, you can sorting these tasks by order importance. For example, let's imagine that you have 9 reports to do for work, you have to file your taxes soon, and you have to create wedding invitations. Seems like a lot, right? Well, I can almost guarantee that not all of these tasks need to be done at this moment. For example, maybe two of the reports need to be done by tomorrow and your taxes have to as well. List these three items and then sort the rest by their respective due dates. This list will help you to prioritize your work.

4. Tackle All of Today's Tasks (and Take Breaks!)

Let's continue from the example above and imagine that you have two reports for work and you have to file your taxes today. Your taxes can probably wait until later but your work should be done as soon as possible. Start with the first report and focus on that task only. Do not think about the other tasks that you have to do. This report is the only thing that exists in your life right now. Allowing yourself to think about the other work you have to complete will only create added stress and overwhelm. Once you power through that task, take a break and pat yourself on the back. Did you get through it without having the world collapse around you? I knew you could! Only two more tasks to go!

5. Repeat

This process will help you to remove all of the items from your to-do list without having to deal with the overwhelm. If you ever feel overwhelmed and stressed again, just come back to this list and go through the steps once more. Overwhelm is a thing of the past!

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