Sometimes getting through the every day tasks of running a home, raising kids, running a business and finding five minutes just for you can be a feat in itself. Thankfully, there are things you can do to lighten the load and take off the pressure:
Say ‘no’ more frequently
It’s unfortunate but it seems that we have been conditioned to feel guilty if we say no to things. In turn, this demand on our already pressed time means we end up feeling overburdened and resentful when we’ve just added yet another thing onto our already substantial to-do list. Here’s something revolutionary that will help: I am handing you the reassurance that it’s okay to say no sometimes. You don’t need to make an excuse or justify yourself. If you are already at your limit, you can refuse to take more things on without feeling guilty.
Outsourcing isn’t just a term that needs to be confined to the business world. It’s okay to oursource jobs you don’t have time for or even dislike with a passion. You can easily find local service professionals to take care of the every day jobs you hate or the larger jobs that you just don’t have time, inclination or know-how to deal with yourself.
If you aren’t a list-maker why not give it a try? You have to admit that there’s something quite satisfying about crossing chores off a list. And who is going to own up and admit that they too add things they don’t really need to add, just to feel the warm glow of putting a line through it? Not just me then?
Just three things
It can seem that the list just won’t stop getting longer and suddenly it seems too overwhelming to deal with. Take a moment to breathe and relax. Now, make a Just 3 Things list in your diary for each day. Dividing up your list into three more manageable tasks over several days makes everything feel more manageable all round.
What are the things that need doing urgently and those that are less pressing? Is there anything that, though bugs you, can be done later rather than sooner? Prioritise the most important first and don’t sweat the small stuff.
What are your top tips for taking back control when you’re overwhelmed? We’d love for you to share them in the comments below.