How to Succeed When You Are Overwhelmed with Too Much To Do?

Overwhelmed and Too Much To Do

We all face it whether we’re an entrepreneur needing to know how to run business and balance home life, a mom trying to keep the family schedule working smoothly, or a student desperately wanting to avoid “how do you get stressed.” I’ve mentioned before that my memory operates best when applied to stickie notes, but when they are all over the place, that gets overwhelming too. We all feel like escaping to the beach or mountain or somewhere away from it all.

Check out this to-do List. My daughter came to my rescue when I felt . . . well, overwhelmed with too much to do.

Effective To-Do List

How to Succeed

I take out this to-do list and put it on top of all the things screaming for my attention. This short list makes me realize what really matters. I don’t know how it works, I just know it does. My perspective changes. It makes me value that I’m only one person and that I can do only what I can do. I only have 24 hours to work, invest in my family and take care of myself by exercising and planning good meals. All of this takes time.

The To-Do List is as follows:

  1. Make a list of stuff to do
  2. Complete first item
  3. Realize my accomplishments
  4. Take a nap (with a smiley face to celebrate)

I like #3. Acknowledge whatever accomplishment I can make and celebrate it.

I know there’s more ways, even better ways, you use to help you. How to you deal with feeling overwhelmed and having too much to do?

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8 thoughts on “How to Succeed When You Are Overwhelmed with Too Much To Do?

  1. vondaskelton says:

    I love your daughter’s plan. Especially the nap part. :-)

    In reality, when I get stressed with too much to do, I either simply run faster or I go into defiance and don’t do anything…both of which tend to get me in trouble. I keep thinking “If I can just get through (insert whatever upcoming deadline is approaching), things will slow down.” The problem is there’s always another critical deadline approaching. :-/

    But instead of whining, I must remember to be thankful that God has blessed me in my business/ministry.

  2. When I’m overwhelmed, I’ve learned to reschedule seemingly insignificant things that are in my control. This has been an act of faith on my part – trusting that when I’m obedient in re-prioritizing commitments I can control, God will give me the wisdom and strength in pressing commitments I can’t control.
    When I do this, I’m amazed at how God works in unexpected ways to lighten the burden I’ve been carrying.

    • Hello Jodi. Your rescheduling according to priorities sounds smart. It’s amazing how much the immediate over shadows the important.

    • Naps are good. But they are better when we have some sense of even a little accomplishment. Glad to have you join us and keep up the great work!

  3. Robin, great post! I too am feeling overwhelmed right now with the amount of work that I want to get done and sometimes it fries my brain! When I have a lot of stuff on my list I break it down like this:
    1. Go through the list and put each item into a category of A, B, and C. A being the highest priority/most urgent.
    2. Then I break down the A’s into 2 more categories. I rank A1 as something that needs to be done immediately because it directly relates to whether or not I will generate an income from that specific task and A2s as items that can be done in 5 minutes or less.

    I tackle A1s and A2s right off the bat and everything else seems to fall into place from there!

    • Katie, you are spot on with getting stuff done. It always seems hardest to just get started when there’s so much to do. I love your:

      A1 (get paid stuff) and
      A2 (stuff that takes only 5 minutes).

      I’m going to try that in the morning! Thanks for your comment of wise tips!