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What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

Anyone feeling overwhelmed?

It happens. The worst thing about feeling overwhelmed is the anxiety.

The second worst thing is not knowing what to do next.

You can resolve both symptoms through a simple exercise. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and aren’t sure what action to take, the very best thing you can do is to go to a quiet place and take out a piece of paper and scribble. Write down what matters to you.

Then, every day when you’re not sure what to do next, spend 20 minutes working on the things on that list.

Over time, these 20 minutes will be the foundation of your success. You’ll be miles and miles ahead of many other people. Even if other things aren’t getting done, you’ll feel less overwhelmed because you did something that matters.


*From the “credit where credit is due” department: I’ve followed this practice myself for years, but I recently heard Sonia Simone explain it in almost exactly the same way. Thanks, Sonia, for reminding me.