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How to Avoid Drowning in the Sea of Overwhelm

By Marion Nixon

Mar 22, 2022


Do you get a sinking feeling when you don’t know where or how to start a big task?  That’s the feeling of overwhelm. As a solopreneur I get that sinking feeling quite often - usually in connection with marketing!!

Here are my solutions.

1. Look for help.
Google has become a close friend! I’m always amazed at the information available. Even when I don’t understand the answer, googling  the mystifying words  gives me an explanation for them too!!  And sometimes you may need to ask a human. If you don’t have the right person in your circle there are many kind people on the internet: find a relevant group and ask your question.

2. Reverse engineer the outcome.
This means start by deciding on the outcome you want. Break that down into the key things needed to achieve that result. Then do the same for each key, and the same again for those points. Depending on the size of the project, you’ll end up with 3 or more layers of mini goals so you can work on the project one ‘bite’ at a time. This process will also clarify the order of the work to be done and that gives you the starting point.

An example:  Landscaping a garden:  Start with the end design.  List the features.  For each feature list the steps needed to create it. Lastly take each of those steps and break them down into smaller steps.  Decide on which feature is best done first, and start working through the small steps one at a time.

3. Time block – essential when there’s more work than time to do it in:

  • List the most important aspects of the desired outcome.
  • Divide the number of aspects into the time available. Allocate one time block to each aspect and remember to allow time for a final check.
  • Break each aspect into its key points and divide those points into the time available in one block. Now you have a schedule of what to cover in what time period. 
  • Constantly check that you’re only working on key points and stick to time.  When the time for each point and aspect is up, move on to the next one regardless of whether the work is finished or not.

This way the key aspects of the desired outcome are all covered. Contact me if you’d like some help with this. It’s easy to work with if you put  the schedule in a table.                                                      

 I developed time blocking when I had a full time job and was studying at night. There were several subjects for which I had to submit assignments on time to be able to write the exams.  It worked so well I always suggest it to clients struggling with deadlines. It rescues them from drowning in the sea of overwhelm.

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About the author

I love enabling women make their heart-dream real and supporting them as they grow in courage and confidence. My desire to help others comes from my personal experience of breaking free from personal limiting beliefs into a new way of life. I’ve learnt how to clear the hidden inner resistance that holds you back from achieving your dreams and want to share that with you.

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