Here’s what I’m doing to climb out of this frantic feeling – maybe it will work for you too.
Step 1. Breathe.
That felt good. Congratulate yourself for taking the necessary oxygen into your body.
Step 2. Make a list of 5 things you would like to accomplish in the next few hours.
The key to this one is the time limit. You cannot make a list that you can’t accomplish. Well you can, but it’s going to make you feel like a Mexican jumping bean. (I think those are real.)
Step 3. Go down the list one item at a time and NIKE.
My mom often tells me “Nike.” She means “just do it.”
During this step, do not do other things. If you are on task 1, do not dabble in task 2 or in no task at all like reading blogs. Even if it’s mine. Sorry me, but it’s true.
Step 5. When you come to a time crunch again, repeat this process.
But remember: be gentle, be realistic, be committed. Don’t yell at yourself. Set goals you can accomplish in the time you have. If they are huge then break them into baby goals. Or goalies. (I slay myself.) Then, Nike. You know what to do!
A. Read / Organize emails
B. Edit Draft Proposal
C. Review Solicitation Tasks
D. Make Agenda for Weekly Meeting
E. Schedule Follow-Up with Client
When I put my mind to it, the whole process took me about two hours. And I felt great after. I still have work to do. But I got some of it done. So that is called progress. I’m going to choose to feel great about that. And to not worry about the things I have to do tomorrow until tomorrow.
And eat cookies. Of course.
P.S. I hope if you were feeling overwhelmed, you feel better after looking at these silly pictures of me 🙂