Recently, I had a classic Monday.
The new phone I’d just purchased arrived broken. My daughter needed something urgently for her school function the next day. Technology taunted me mercilessly all day.
Also, I felt super tired. Overwhelmed. Grumpy.
In my line of work, Mondays are often really exciting. I love coaching. I love exploring where my business would like to go next. I love working from home.
So, I was annoyed that this Monday was being such a…Monday.
I went into action mode, engaging my habitual self-pressure thinking machine in order to override my emotions and get stuff done. This caused an instant heart-racing, choked feeling in my chest.
Screeeeeeeech! I hit the brakes.
I have a long-standing history of engaging the self-pressure override mode. It always, one-hundred percent of the time, consistently, definitely, for sure gets me in trouble. My body suffers. My spirit wanes. My heart resists.
I end up getting less done when I use self-pressure to spring into action.
I realized I couldn’t fall back into self-pressure mode.
Instead, I used this simple Slacker Magic formula, which I highly recommend for those times when everything is overwhelming and you don’t know where to start:
- Stop and tune into your body. Notice any emotions. Allow them to exist. Be with your body, emotions, and spirit for a few moments just like you would a sick child or pet. Sit with them and be present.
- Take stock. What is essential and what can go? Get picky. When overwhelm strikes, strip down the to-do list and trust that you’ll find a way to do the things that can wait. You don’t have the energy right now for them anyway.
- Find the nearest rest stop. In other words, when is the soonest you can take a ten, twenty, or thirty-minute break to rest, restore your spirit in some way, or do something fun? Put this into your schedule.
- Take one small action step toward the necessary goal. Without the self-pressure in the way, you’ll find it so much easier to do. Let inspiration show you where to start.
In the end, I got everything done that needed to get done, without the Monday overwhelm. Slacker Magic made it doable. I had time left over for some rest before I needed to go pick up my daughter from school. Slacker Magic for the win!