3 Ways to avoid feeling OVERWHELMED

Let's face it, life is busy.  There's so much going on all the time it's nearly impossible to keep up.  Here are a couple of things I do when I feel like everything is getting out of control. You can use these ideas in your craft room or in your everyday life.

Out of sight, out of mind

Try to avoid crafting, or doing anything for that matter, in an area where "projects" are piled up in your line of sight.  If the area you're working in is focused on your current project, you will be, too!  If you can set up your work space so you can literally "turn your back" on things (distractions), it will be much easier.  If you can't get away from the piles of projects, consider taking your project into another room or space to work.

Here's my work space, as I mentioned, I can turn my back on the majority of my supplies and just focus on the task in front of me.

Tiffany Spaulding's Craft Area Side View
View from the side. I'm "surrounded" by supplies which makes it easy to access whatever I need.

Tiffany Spaulding's Craft Area front view
When I'm crafting, I can turn away from my ScrapRack and supply shelves. It's easier to focus when there is less "stuff" in your line of sight. If this room was in my home, I might have a TV or computer monitor where the photographer was standing.

 

Clear the mental clutter by making a list

Having a lot to do means a certain amount of worry that you'll forget to get something done.  Before you start a project, take a few minutes to sit down and make a to-do list of the things that are distracting you. This will give your brain some peace of mind so it can settle down and focus.

Too much to do - where to start

It's not uncommon to be paralyzed by what you've got to get done.  Just thinking about how much you have to do can throw your brain into a tizzy and the thinking comes to a stop.  In this situation, prioritize your list - easiest to most difficult tasks.  Start with easy and work your way down to the difficult tasks.  This may seem a little counter-intuitive as we always hear "take care of the tough stuff first," "first do the things you like least"- these are generally the most difficult tasks. If you're already feeling overwhelmed, it's going to be very difficult to get motivated to tackle those tough jobs. On the other hand, if you do the easy stuff first, and check it off your list as you go, the feelings of being overwhelmed give way to feeling powerful and productive! Your brain gets a little dopamine boost every time you experience the success of crossing something off your list.

From wikihow - life hacks: Dopamine is all about pleasure; it's one hedonistic brain chemical, that's for sure. Luckily, all you have to do is train your brain. Whether it's important to you to get to the donut shop on time or finally get that PhD, reaching a new goal will put your pleasure centers into party mode.

So if you really want to put your brain in party mode, make a long list that starts with tiny tasks and works its way to major projects.

Thanks for stopping in today.

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One Response to 3 Ways to avoid feeling OVERWHELMED

  1. Thank you so much. That totally makes sense. I have dozens of unfinished projects of all kinds and my brain seems to go at a hundred miles an hour without getting anywhere. I generally try the harder things first though which I guess is why it takes ages for things to get finish. Thanks again for your help 🙂

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