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April 13, 2011

Feeling overwhelmed? Try this tip.

The following is a sample of my weekly organizing quick tip. If you don't yet subscribe, you can sign up here.


Maybe this sounds familiar: Your task load is huge and growing faster by the minute. You feel as if you’ll never get it all done. You’re stressed, overwhelmed and ready to scream! 


No matter how terrific you are at managing your time and to-do list, from time to time, we all let more onto our plate than we can comfortably handle. Inevitably, we feel overwhelmed and frustrated. Perhaps you’ve taken on a new project and it’s taking more of your time than you anticipated, or it’s your busiest time of year in terms of outside activities for your kids or yourself. Whatever the cause of to-do list overload, it’s much harder to get things done when you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. So try this little trick to help relieve these feelings and get back on track.


Pull out a piece of paper and pen and write the following at the top:  I will get more done if I focus on one thing at a time. Below this friendly reminder, list everything you feel needs your time and attention right now. By doing a “brain dump” of everything that’s vying for your attention, you get a sanity check on your priorities. Once your list is finished, ask yourself "What is the one most important thing for me to work on right now?" Select your item and then get busy focusing all your energy on that one task.


Remember, you will get more done if you focus on just one thing at a time. So select your highest priority task, capture anything that starts to vie for your attention on your to-do list, and keep moving forward one task at a time.

What do you do when you're feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list? I'd love to hear what works for you. Thanks for sharing!


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I am so greatful that I have found your blog and signed up for your emails. I've been feeling so very overwhelmed the last few days. I don't know about others, but when I get overwhelmed, I then freeze up and don't get anything accomplished. I've been needing to do a brain dump but reading your email this morning made me actually do it. I even wrote down the little saying about focusing on 1 thing at a time.

I now feel that I can do all that needs to be done today without feeling overwhelmed and getting stuck.

Thank you!!


Hi, Annie,

I'm so glad this tip was helpful to you! I received several emails from people on my Quick Tip list sharing similar you're in good company. :)

Take care!


Sinea Pies

"Brain dump"...I love that terminology. I guess that's what I'm doing when I make a to-do or a checklist. Pouring my brains onto paper so I can focus more clearly. Thanks for the tip!

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