The vicious cycle of overwhelm

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Unfortunately, when you’re overwhelmed, it is easy to fall into bad habits and lose your sense of organization — which in turns leads to more overwhelm.

Are you disorganized? You may be physically disorganized — your house, office, car. Or you’re feeling emotionally disorganized. A new mom. A recent widower who has never managed the home.

As a business owner, you may simply need to catch up. You haven’t balanced your checkbook in weeks. You hate opening your email because you know there are 300 unread emails waiting for you.

When you’re feeling this kind of overwhelm, feeling as if you’re in over your head, step back to learn how to streamline your routines. It’s all about establishing new behavior patterns that work for you rather than against you.

Make a plan and stick to it. Kind of like hiring an exercise coach. Because when you’re overwhelmed, you can’t do it on your own. No one can.

Getting organized allows you to spend more of your time being active out in the world, rather than emotionally or physically drained by your pile of stuff to clear out.