I’m sitting here on a plush white couch, looking out at the ocean from the breathtaking open living room in the main house on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island.
All I can say is that my head is exploding with ideas and possibilities. My notebook is filling up and my mind and heart are being stretched in the most incredible ways.
Speaking of loads of ideas, do you ever feel like you have too many? Add to that the daily demands of running and managing your business AND the demands of living a full life- things like eating healthy, working out, keeping your relationship going and having fun. Sometimes, it can all feel a bit overwhelming!
Here’s something I want you to remember – inner chaos creates outer chaos.
When you’ve got a million and one things renting space in your head and your heart, it becomes really difficult to slow down, get clear and actually start getting things done.
In this video, I’m going to walk you through a powerful, 6 minute exercise to help you create total mental clarity and get you out of overwhelm right now.
While completing the “meh” section of the workshop, you may be tempted to scream at the screen and say, “But Marie — so many ‘meh’ things on my list are things I don’t want to do but I feel like I should do to be responsible. What then?!”
Use your common sense! If one of your ‘meh’ items is paying your back taxes, you need to get focused and make it happen.
On the other hand, if a ‘meh’ project is something you agreed to because you didn’t know how to say no with class, or you’ve said yes to too many random coffee dates, then it’s time to renegotiate your commitments and get them off your list.
The point here is to challenge your assumptions of what you have to do and get insanely, brutally honest about what you truly want to devote your life and time to.
Because, like it or not, your clock is ticking. Time is not a renewable resource and the only person responsible for deciding how you invest it is you.
Now, if you haven’t fully done the exercises in the video, please do it now. Because insight means nothing without action.
2013 Update: Four Tools To Help You Stay Out Of Overwhelm
RescueTime: Ever wonder if you’re really spending your time on the right stuff? There’s one sure-fire way to find out. Check out rescuetime, an amazing tool that has both a free and paid option. (aff. link)
Any.do: Any.do is an award-winning to do list app. Beautifully designed and simple!
Care.com: Awesome resource to find local personal assistants, pet care, etc.
TaskRabbit.com: Another great resource to hire help get things done.
Now, as always, I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below, talk to me.
I wanna know:
1. How do you feel after the doing the exercise to create mental whitespace? How much were you able to clear off your list?
2. Do you have any best tools, apps, or practices that help you stay out of overwhelm?
Be as specific as possible and let us know. Remember, your shares and stories will help us all.
As always, thank you for reading, watching and sharing!
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