Having so much to get done in a certain time frame can be very overwhelming. The thought alone is overwhelming.
Scenerio here will be work related. You walk into the office, your boss stops you before you even get to put your coffee down let alone take off your jacket. Your boss informs you of the 5 things you need to get done before noon. It’s 8am now. You’re thinking “Is this for real?” You tell your boss you’ll get it done then you proceed with your normal “start your work day routine”. BREATHE
You sign on to your desktop. Pull up your email. Another set of tasks assigned to you. Needs to be completed by end of day. You already feel yourself getting flustered and you haven’t even started anything yet. BREATHE.
As you start to work on the first task your boss assigned to you, a co worker comes in and says to you, “Hey, can you send that email out for the supplies. We are totally out.” BREATHE.
By now you are just over it. You feel you don’t even know where to start. You start going through all your assigned tasks in your head and your face gets hot. Your heart palpitates. BREATHE. STEP BACK. BREATHE. THINK. BREATHE. ORGANIZE. BREATHE.
Try thinking about the urgency of the tasks assigned to you. How long does each task take? When does the task need to be completed by? Prioritize your tasks. Above all BREATHE.
The email for supplies that your co worker asked you to do, do you have a template for it? Can that be completed within the next 15 minutes. What supplies are needed? Does it have to be done right now? Will your job, your co workers job or the office as a whole be affected if this email is not sent out now? The tasks your boss asked you to complete, needs to be completed by noon. How long does each task take? Roughly. Can the supply email be completed first and you still have time for the boss tasks? The tasks assigned to you via email needs to be completed by end of day, can it be started after the supply email and your boss tasks? What exactly are you being asked to do?
When so much is thrown at us at one time, it can become so overwhelming that we can’t even begin to process our thoughts. BREATHE. TAKE A STEP BACK. BREATHE. THINK. Think of each individual thing as an individual thing. Understand and process each aspect. Each thought. May it be a task. A thought. Individualize then prioritize.