I know I’m not the only one who’s been here…you’ve got so much on your plate that you feel like you need to clone yourself in order to get it all done.
In fact, you feel like you’re drowning at times. The responsibilities, the commitments, the chores, the activities…it’s often more than you can handle. So how do you cope when you’re overwhelmed and drowning in responsibility?
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Stop! Take a minute to pause and catch your breath.
It’s nearly impossible to think clearly and rationally when you’re meeting yourself coming and going. When you’re in this stage, you’re operating on autopilot…going through motions because you don’t have time or energy to do anything else. The sad part is that this seems normal because it’s become a way of life.
It doesn’t have to be!
In fact, it shouldn’t be. You aren’t meant to live your life on autopilot, running frantically from one crazed activity to another. You’re not supposed to dread your days because they’re just one dreaded chore after another.
When life feels like this, you have to take steps to regain control.
Ask yourself some questions to help you evaluate the situation
- What am I doing?
- What are the absolute, no-choice, things I must do to survive?
- What am I doing that doesn’t HAVE to be done for my family to survive? (This means a seriously hard look and determining NEEDS from WANTS.)
- Which of the “want to do” activities can I let go or delegate? (And delegate completely to someone else. That doesn’t mean that you delegate the activity or responsibility in name only while you’re really still on the hook for getting it done).