Chaos to calm

Overwhelmed, that is a good way to describe how I felt at the start of this week.

My life at present is pretty crazy, it certainly feels like it. I keep loading up things to achieve. My to do list and goals are constantly expanding. I have the normal challenges of working full time and managing family and have now added to this with my wee business and blog that I am starting to develop. Boy I feel tied just writing this.

By Sunday night my head was all over the place, I was completely overwhelmed.  I knew I had to figure a way through this otherwise I would get to the point of inertia. This is when you end up actually doing nothing and just feel worse because you have not achieved anything.

I know we have all been here plenty of times. So I thought I would share with you what I did to get myself back on track, getting things done and feeling good.

Time out

Stop and take time out

No distractions, no phone , no social media, no computer, just allow yourself to think. For me early mornings are my best thinking times, when it's nice and quiet and the day is breaking, it's actually a very peaceful time of the day.  So I made myself a cup of tea and just contemplated life for an hour. First thing I realised is that I had not done this for a while. I am sure this contributed to how I was feeling.  During this time I thought about times when I was really efficient and achieving my goals, what was different, what was I actually doing well. I also thought about what are my priorities.

Decide your Priorities

I know that for me I get my thinking time while running and I had not been running for a while...always too busy. So that was a good learning for me, identifying my priority, what I need to always do so that when it came to choosing, my run comes first. I also realised that my balance with work and family was out of whack. It was important for me to get that balance back which meant I needed to spend less time on my side hustle but still be just as effective. I needed to be a lot more efficient with my time.

Family and Exercise (running) are my priorities and need to be my "always first things". It was really important for me to get that reset.

Maximise your time

During the week I have to fit a full day of work, home chores, family time, exercise, socialising and building a wee business. The weekends are even busier as I load up lots of chores and try and get lots done on the wee business. I had thought that I was pretty efficient with my time but ohh no, this is a whole new level.

I realised that I was going to have to block out my time at home to achieve everything. This is a really effective technique which I use at work. I break my day into blocks of time of allocate tasks for each section. It really makes you focused on completing the task and you have to move onto the new one. For me this really works and you can achieve a lot !!!!!.

I worked out a daily timetable for after work, thinking about what I needed to do most days after work, always ensuring that my priorities come first. I went through it with Pete so he could ensure that he helps me stick to it.

Weekly Planning

As you know I am a big fan of planners. I have two , A Kikki K for home and personal and a Erin Condren for tidyingwithtania.com

Kikki K Planner inside

So I took my new daily timetable and adjusted my weekly planning.  I also took the time to do a brain dump of all the things in my head. This step is actually the best, it really helps you to clear your head , it's almost like a data down load. I went through what I already had listed and prioritized. Overloading my week with too many task was a problem I had to tackle. This time I decided to give myself less but more achievable tasks and goals over a week.

I really thought about the goals I have for the business and realigned the tasks I must do to achieve them. I then mapped them out over the week, this time within the new timeframe that I have created.

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Overall it took me less than 2 hours to get back on track and feel so much better because I felt like I had control and order back.

So how did my week go? It has been great. All my goals and important task were achieved. I have spent lot more time with the family this week as well as important actions with the business. Pete has been really great at making me stick to my timetable.

I am sure that I will have to make some tweaks from time to time, however it's been such a great way to reset myself and achieve my goals.

So if you are feeling the same I hope that this may help you find a way through.

Hugs and smiles

Tania