I Can’t Manage It All Anymore!

I Can’t Manage It All Anymore!

Have you thought about being overwhelmed? Have you ever consider that, other than uncontrollable life circumstance, most of the stress we have is self-induced.  Expectations we have of ourselves, taking on too many things at one time and being a protectionist all create pressure on ourselves.  Besides asking for help, here are two suggestions that will help simplify your life and get you on your way to managing an organized life:

  1. Prioritize

When being overwhelmed by tasks, projects, clutter, kids and an overloaded schedule, it is easy to lose a sense of priority.  Just as a desk or kitchen counter easily is covered with unnecessary piles, un-filed documents or unpaid bills, our mind can look the same!  Take a minute to write down how you feel and what is most important to you.  Now, consider everything on your to-do list or schedule and question why you are doing what you have agreed to do?  Is it to provide for your family, make other people happy or a hobby you enjoy?

  1. Give up control

The quickest way to give up being overwhelmed, is giving up a little control.  Sometimes it is easier to do everything ourselves, but the more we hang onto, the less ability you have to handle anything else.  Whether it is entrusting family members to help clean the dishes, fold the laundry or hiring a neighborhood teen to do some landscaping, the less you have on your plate, the more room you will make for something else… maybe something that doesn’t overwhelm you!

As you work look into your overwhelmed schedule, be sure to include a consistent bedtime ritual and schedule “quiet time”.  Taking care of your peace of mind will alleviate the feeling of being overwhelmed and allow you energy to manage getting those things done that are overwhelming you and can’t be avoided.

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Used to reference topic:  Think Simple Now

Kathy Jenkins is the President of Come To Order, a professional residential organizing company based in Richmond, Virginia. She is a nationally recognized certified organizer, speaker and author dedicated to helping her clients simplify their lives by reducing clutter, organizing their homes and offices, and managing their time. Click here to follow Kathy on Twitter.

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