There are not many things that can put you on the back foot, and diminish your sense of well-being, quite like feeling completely and totally overwhelmed by circumstances in your life. The feeling of being overwhelmed is basically the sensation of being lost in chaos. It signals that you’re in danger, and you don’t know how to deal with it, fight it, or escape it.
Here are a few ways to reduce the feeling of overwhelm in your life, so that you don’t have to spend each day grinding your teeth and freaking out.
Use the right tools to streamline different processes
Our lives are, as a rule, probably more complex today than ever before, in terms of all the different ways we can spend our time, and all the different obligations that are likely to be placed on us. And if this is true in everyday life, it’s twice as true when it comes to our careers. Many jobs today include so many different “moving parts,” that you could easily find yourself running back and forth endlessly, and never really feeling as though you were making progress. Luckily, there is a source of salvation here. Because, while life and work have become more complex, so too have our tools become more sophisticated.
Spend a little of your free time researching tools that can help you to streamline the different processes in your personal and professional lives – whether that means looking up how to choose recruitment software that matches your particular needs, or using an intuitive online task-management app such as Todoist.
Focus on getting your daily habits and behaviors right, and spend less time fixating on specific goals for the future
Want to know one of the easiest ways to end up feeling totally overwhelmed, within just a couple of moments? Simple – come up with a really ambitious and dramatic goal for yourself, and stick a deadline on it. Now, not only are you likely to spend every waking moment subtly panicking about whether or not you’ll manage to meet your deadline, but you’ll also feel a sense of deprivation and underachievement until you do in fact achieve your goal. Doesn’t sound so great? Well, luckily, there may be other ways of having a successful life, without stressing yourself out completely in the process.
The cartoonist Scott Adams, and the writer James Clear have both argued for focusing on “systems” over “goals.” In other words – focus on getting your daily habits and behaviors right, and success will sort itself out. Of course, it’s important to choose the kinds of daily habits for yourself that will significantly boost the odds of a positive outcome. Then, leave the big goals on the backburner – or drop them altogether.
Tidy up your home and immediate environment, and create an organized journal
When your living space and home environment are tidy and organised, it’s much easier for your mind to be tidy and organized. But if you live in a palace of clutter, overwhelm is simply the natural consequence. Spend some time really getting your house together, and turning it into an orderly place to be. And while you’re at it, create an organized journal to record your thoughts in, too. This will help to directly add structure to your internal world, even beyond what a bit of spring cleaning by itself will achieve.