Are you struggling to get things done? Have you constantly been feeling exhausted or stressed during the day? Has anyone told you that you’ve dropped the ball recently? We all know the feeling of overwhelm, having too many things to deal with. This feeling can have a large impact on completing a project to the best of your ability or even finishing at all. Overwhelm can lead to stress, anxiety, and burn out! How you handle moments when the clock is ticking and things are not going as planned, can affect your productivity, mental health, and physical wellbeing.

Life coaching can help you identify your triggers, manage your responses, and increase your effectiveness, even when you are feeling overwhelmed. Focusing your energy is a great place to start if you feel things spinning out of control. This involves channeling your thoughts in one, positive direction, being calm, and consciously considering the task at hand. Focus leads to clarity, understanding, and purpose. The next time you are feeling overwhelmed take these five steps!

1. Relax and take a deep breath. Yes, this sounds very simple. It’s so simple that most people don’t do it. Coming into a situation with your past, emotionally charged thoughts or stress can influence all aspects of your present and outcome. If you are feeling overwhelmed, countering that energy with positive relaxation can help you get off to the right start.

2. Ask yourself, what is my main goal? Often times when overwhelm sets in understanding your objective can be difficult. By focusing on your main goal, you can remove all other thoughts and activities that distract you. Make the choice to stop multitasking and spend your time on the number one priority. You may also find that you can start to get things done faster.

3. Make a list of any projects that are part of your main goal. By breaking down a goal you can see if there are any other steps needed before taking action. Are their prerequisites or research that needs to be done which can help you? At this time, your plan starts to take shape. Just having a plan can calm your nerves, decreasing the feelings of overwhelm and stress.

4. Do I have the resources? Now that you are focused on your plan, you can look at it objectively and set yourself up for success. Do you have the time, money, people, and expertise needed to reach your goal? If not, you can acquire any resources or skills. Brainstorming with a friend or coach can be helpful if you feel like you don’t know where to start. Once you have the resources, then you are ready to move forward!

5. Pull out the calendar and get started! Figure out the timeframe needed to reach your goal and schedule it out. List completion dates for any smaller projects needed to reach the goal. Consider scheduling time to gather resources necessary for your projects. With everything written out you can start putting your plan in action and eliminate overwhelm!

Focusing your energy can benefit you by establishing a sense of calm, which allows you to create a plan, and increase your ability to take meaningful action. If you are still feeling overwhelmed or challenged in this area, life coaching can help you discover the strategies that work for you, increasing your confidence to reach your goals. What would your life be like with more focused energy?

Author's Bio: 

Porschia Parker is a Certified Professional Coach, Business Consultant, and Founder of Fly High Coaching:

When she is not coaching, Porschia enjoys traveling, cooking, and working with animals.

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