WHAT TO DO WHEN FEELING OVERWHELMED?
Nearly every agent that I talk to says that they’re overwhelmed and, you know, when I feel overwhelmed, my first reaction is to want to go jump in the bed and watch Netflix. My first instinct is to just shut down. That’s where I go. Have you ever felt the same way?
I started trying some new tips and tricks to help me get over that hump and to move myself forward just a little bit, so I wanted to share a few of those ideas with you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, hang on for just a second and keep reading and follow this exercise; I’m hoping you’ll love these ideas as much as I do.
The first thing I want you to do is this: get out a sheet of paper and list all of the tasks that you think you need to get done. Right now! Find that paper, get a pen, and start writing down every single task on your plate. Write down everything that you feel is standing in the way of your progress. What are those things that need to happen? And I want it be everything…not just in your professional life, but in your personal life as well. What’s going on in your life that just needs your attention? What are the things that are going to require some time? What are those obligations?
The next step: look for some similarities between those tasks and start creating categories. Many of those tasks are going to be able to be clumped together. Types of categories in your life could include family obligations, some could be lumped together as marketing obligations, or some could even be in the camp of lead generating or continuing education. Start looking for those tasks that belong in the same category and put them there.
Once you get them organized, I want you to prioritize each task in those categories. Take the category of marketing, for example. I’m going to take a look at each task that I listed out that has anything to do with marketing and I will assign those tasks a prioritization number. I’m going to do that for every single category.
So if you weren’t feeling overwhelmed yet, by now you should really feel overwhelmed going through this exercise. It will feel like a lot! There is, however, good news here, so stick with me. We’re going to keep going. You’re going to prioritize everything in those categories, and then you’re going to prioritize the categories themselves.
What should come first? Family obligations? Do you love your kids? Do you love your significant other? If so, they might be number one. If not, find a different category. Maybe lead generating or marketing is your number one priority. What is number one for you? Which category? What category is number two? What category is number three? Put all of those things in order.
Then you’re just going to start. Category one, priority one. That’s the first thing I have to do. That’s going to move me forward, so that’s what I’m going to do right now. This other stuff, it can wait. I’ll get to it, but it’s time for category one, priority one. This is happening right now. And that’s going to help you move forward. That’s going to just make you feel better and help you feel like you’ve got a little bit more of handle on what’s going on and what needs to get done. Just getting that handle on your personal and business situations and diving into this organizational technique is going to make you feel so much better.
Get that done today. It’s going to make you feel so great. You’re going to be going in the right direction. Your right direction.
Take care, and take the time to put your priorities in order. It’s worth it. You’re worth it.