Being overwhelmed is a result of inaction.
It stings a little because we know it’s true. We also know that means there’s no one else responsible but ourselves. It’s a bit like being backed up against a ledge. There are 2 choices: Work or Blame.
I wrote an assessment called the “Working Styles Assessment” and it’s designed to help you determine what type of worker you are. Are you an Independent, Coffee Shop, or Driver? Each style has different tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses.
The assessment looks into ideal working environments, how long you should work in one sitting, where you should work, who you should work with, and what actually motivates you.
It also identifies 5 factors that create “Worker’s Block.” Things that prevent us from getting our work done. Things that we all deal with on a regular basis such as being overwhelmed, scattered, unmotivated, or even depressed . The assessment provides 3 workable solutions for each of the 5 blockers. And they all work.
One thing we know to be true – it’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re an entrepreneur or busy human responsible for 600 projects happening simultaneously.
But the WORST thing you can do is build up a big story in your head about how much you have to do… because you won’t do ANYTHING.
Enter mental paralysis.
Fear of not knowing where to focus attention.
That’s a crippling circumstance. But it’s also a COMPLETE JOKE. Because it’s not real. It’s a thing we made up in our head to keep us occupied with not working!
Pick 1 thing. Then do it. And then it’s done. Pick another thing. Then do it. Repeat 7 times over the course of 2 hours and realize you’ve knocked out your entire to-do list for the day and nothing was nearly as hard as it seemed in your head.
We are never overwhelmed when we are in action. Because that’s our home. When we’re working we feel alive, fulfilled, focused, meaningful, valuable, important, I’m just going off the thesaurus here, but we feel all of these great and NATURAL things.
Fear in the brain is a huge problem. But it’s also silly because all we have to do is get up and do something. Our body loves to work. And, on average, we only have to be working for 8 minutes before the chemicals in our brain shift and we’re operating off of what I call entrepreneurial cocaine. It’s good stuff. Just remember to drink a lot of water.
That’s how we build new habits. Practicing. Treating self-employment and self-motivation like barbell squats. Every week we get a little stronger.
Here’s the key thing – to take action we have to know what our objectives are.
Taking time to clearly identify the workflows that we are going to have in front of us over the next few hours, days, months, and years – that’s what will set us up to get work done.
I wrote a whole article on morning and evening rituals to ensure productive days, even for the most self-destructive of us all. All you really need is The Rolling 9 and some time to sit before you get in bed.
I have yet to discover a better solution for tackling overwhelm, anxiety, and depression than just plain action. It’s not what everyone wants to hear but it’s what everyone needs to hear.
I wish you the best of luck in conquering your mental blockages that are stopping you from being everything you need to be to feel happy and successful.