When you are feeling overwhelmed it can be difficult to know what to do. Things feel like they are getting on top of you and it’s not always obvious what to do first.
In my case today, the whole house felt like a mess and I knew I had a lot to tackle to make myself feel better, but I didn’t know where to start and I didn’t particularly feel like doing any of it at that moment in time.
Fortunately I’ve felt like this before and knew that this overwhelm was just my mind playing tricks on me. I sat down with a cup of tea and drew a mind map after asking myself an important question about the clutter: What’s on your mind right now?
I marked each point out of 10 on how much it was bothering me, and only took action on the areas that I decided were bothering me the most. In the absence of this plan it would have been easy to start firefighting instead.
Having a prioritised map is useful when time is limited as it focuses you on what’s most important to you. This realisation that you don’t need to do it all at once, can lift your spirits and move you forward.
Have you ever tried drawing mind maps to tackle something you’re feeling overwhelmed about?
Until next time…