I gotta be honest. Lately I’ve been really overwhelmed with some projects I have been working on for this website. I have so much I want to do and so little time to do it. Know the feeling?
There have been several days when I thought about just saying forget it and giving up because I tell myself there is no way I can accomplish it all. When I start with the negative self talk, I know I’m in trouble. It can go two ways and I’ve learned to give myself a break so I can carry on.
So how do you get through something like this? I’ve identified three steps I take when I’m overwhelmed but what to ensure I still get my project done.
1. What are you really trying to do? Sometimes when you are trying to do something impossible, you can’t even get started. I’ve felt like this many times. Get a piece of paper or a white board, somewhere you can brainstorm, and write down all the steps you think you need to do in order to get the task done. Even if the steps seem simple or insignificant, write them down. You may find that you don’t need to do as much as you thought or that what you thought you needed to do, isn’t really what needs to be done!
2. Break it down into smaller steps – Once you have figured out what you are really trying to do, it’s time to break the main project down into smaller steps. This will help you to see what you are really going to need to do to make sure your project is complete. Start by deciding on the major steps of the project. Then take the related tasks from your brainstorming list and match them up . You may find that some tasks overlap, and that’s ok, just try to consolidate them into one if possible. For example, if you need to do 5 things in order to complete one part of your project, group those 5 things together. It’s easier to do small steps that try to do one major task at once.
So your list might look something like this:
Main Step 1 Main Step 2 Main Step 3
task 1 task 1 task 1
task 2 task 2 task 2
task 3 task 3 task 3
task 4 task 4 task 4
task 5 task 5 task 5
When I have this complete, I use a white board to help me keep track of it.
3. Be consistent- You may find that once you broke your project down into small steps, you have a really long list of things to do. The most important step here is to be consistent. Trying to do 50 small steps in one day can make you run away screaming. But getting 3-5 of those 50 tasks done in a day will mean your big project can be complete in as little as 10-15 days.
You can use this in any area of your life such as your job, your finances, or even cleaning out your house to get ready for a garage sale! When you break down a big task into small steps, it is more manageable and much easier to accomplish.