How getting back to basics can flush out the feelings of being stressed and overwhelmed and make room for goal achievement and fun!
When you’re overwhelmed, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture, forget the important things, and slip into negative patterns. Before you know it, you’re thinking, “I hate my life” because you’re stressed out and it seems that no matter how busy you are, your pile of work keeps growing.
I know what you mean. I have so much on my plate right now with multiple consulting clients, a book launch coming up (a “relaunch” of my latest book, Act Now! A Daily Action Log for Achieving Your Goals in 90 Days), an on-line product that aligns with the book, internal projects like revising my speakers kit, and what was that other thing? Oh yeah – my family! On top of that, with income taxes due there was the normal fire drill to get information to my accountant so his team can work their magic.
I actually found myself having physical signs of being overwhelmed and stressed as a pain in the center of my chest! Chest pain? (Yes, I had it checked and everything is fine, but still, to get to this point is a bit crazy! I’m not one to give in easily, so I just work a little harder or sacrifice a little personal time to get one more thing done. Smart? NOT!)
It’s not true that I hate my life, but at times like this I do have to take pause. If I’m not willing to relax my expectations, what can I do to at least become more productive, feel better about my daily accomplishments, and get rid of the feelings of being stressed and overwhelmed?
Getting Back to Basics and Following Proven Strategies
I had what I call a “back to basics” realization. In this case, it’s the back to basics that I’ve outlined in my own book, Act Now! The book is full of proven success strategies that can accelerate your results, yet I was not doing what I know would work.
I recognized that I wasn’t following my own process lately. When I have followed the Act Now! methodology in the past, I was thrilled with my results and quality of life, so why not get back to what I know works?
To relieve my feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I went to the list of Daily Habits and made sure to meditate and exercise. I also went through some beginner’s yoga to help me stretch and ease the sore back and legs (from running).
To climb on top of my endless to-do list, I went back to my action plans. Yes, I actually have action plans created by either me or my team for the different goals we have, I just wasn’t referring to them! If you were to audit my actions, I was quite busy but was responding to everyone else’s requests of me rather than having some specific concept of what I wanted to accomplish today.
With greater clarity about my action plans and the steps to take to achieve the goals I had for this 90 day period, I then made sure to log down the most important five Planned Actions for today. Sure, I had many more things that would surface as important each day, but these most critical five aligned with my action plans and my goals. By making sure I knocked these off my list enabled real headway, not just busyness.
After recommitting to the Daily Action process and writing down my progress on the Daily Log Sheets, magic started to happen. Results. Feeling less stressed and overwhelmed. More fun. Ah, yes. I love my life.
Your turn to get back to basics
Here’s my challenge to you. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take pause. Decide what your most important goal(s) are, and draft an action plan for each goal. Then, use the daily action process I describe in Act Now! to make meaningful progress on your goals each day. The forms are there on www.DailyActionLog.com, gratis! You, too, can then flush that “I hate my life” thinking right down the toilet and feel great about your results.