Does your life feel like a storm? Take these three steps to reclaim control.

To Do List chores, tasks, work and projects written on a message board for an overburdened or stressed out lifeHave you ever felt like you were living in the eye of a tornado, with parts of your life spinning out of control around you?  What does it feel like to be in that place?

For me it is chaotic, uncontrolled, and disorganized.  When I am in this space, nothing moves forward and my goals aren’t accomplished.  It’s a miserable place!  So, what do you do to stop that feeling?

Step back and visualize what you want.

Find a quiet place and assume a relaxing position.  Take in a few cleansing breaths and clear your mind of the chaos that is currently occupying your thoughts.

Visualize how you want your life to look.  Transport yourself to this new reality.

Really experience the calm and order that you see.  Spend some time here and then take some time to write out all the action steps it will take to get there.

Prioritize.

You’ve probably got a pretty sizeable list of action steps, which can quickly lead to feeling overwhelmed and slipping back into that state of chaos. Don’t go there! Instead, the next step is to prioritize.

Look at the action items you have written down and decide which are the most important.  Also try to find small steps that you can quickly accomplish.  This will provide some much needed motivation.

When you look at your action plan, are there any items you can delegate?  That may be one way to make progress without spending your own sweat equity!

Lastly, as you plan each day, pick a few of these items as action steps for that day. I always aim to complete three priority items on my to-do list each day.  Anything that gets done above and beyond the three main things is gravy.

Plan breaks.

There are numerous studies showing that we are more productive if we take breaks.  So, I recommend scheduling a mix of both short and longer breaks during your day.  I also recommend looking at your weekly plan and finding time for relaxation and fun!

Regaining control of your life is one of the first steps towards achieving work/life balance.  Take care to ensure that you are leaving time to connect with friends, family, and yourself.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Just submit a comment below and remember I am always available for a personal consultation.

 

 

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