tao of Dana:
Take charge of Overwhelming Situations!
Feeling fresh and wild and free is the way I like to live... but in
order to be productive, to expand and grow and bring talent to the
world, there's a certain X Factor of sheer quantity
that life brings for
us to deal with, you know? Plus there's the seeming randomness of so
many things happening all-at-the-same-time, too.
Both things considered, it's not unusual to be overwhelmed, even by
good things. But the overwhelm of a moment can be flipped into far more
creative control if you can take a breath and get things in order!
now I have three - almost four- big things happening at once. In fact,
if I start counting there may be five or six. Plus everyday life. And
then actual day-to-day stuff of working.
In the past, I've had overwhelms both negative and positive... so
great in fact that I wanted to quit on my actual dreams and run away.
That's not a solution. Hiding, flipping out, avoiding... these's
never work out well.
But there are a few tricks I've learned to take an overwhelming
situation and make it into something more manageable. Consider them tips
for a toolbox, ideas to try and, perhaps, a fresh road into a solution!
Decide it will be done! Take a little break and sit down and
resolutely decide it will absolutely all get done. If you decide very
clearly, you'll take away the green-flowing anxiety and stay focused on
solutions rather than problems. The key for me to manage an overwhelming
time is to keep my eyes on what I want, not what I don't want. That's a
Draw a picture of all the moving parts. Mind Maps are powerful tools
to help you understand a complex situation and all its parts.
If you want to be simpler, just draw out the situation in a way that
helps you make sense of it. I use a big huge notepad and make a list of
all the pieces then sort of draw out diagrams.
Do research. Tons of research. For every question you have, for
everything that is stumping you or feels very unknown, there's usually
lots of information to be found online, in library books, and in
consultations with experts.
Typically I do about 10 times more research than I need to.
Knowledge helps you become more familiar with a situation and, with
all that ease and familiarity, helps to empower a more take-charge
In many cases I use Pinterest boards to organize visual research and
articles. It's super-brilliant.
Embrace small steps. I'm pretty sure that no best-selling novel,
complete lifestyle switch or art project, mastery of any task or
anything else that could be overwhelming has been done in a day.
You aren't failing because it is taking some time. You are only
failing if you run, hide, sabotage yourself or otherwise quit.
Ask for help! That's the other thing you can find in a google and
some phone calls: help. Experts, assistance, services, tools.
And keep going. The way out is to keep walking, even if its very
slowly with lots of breaks.
The above ideas may seem simplistic, but coupled with lots of faith
and a ton of baby steps, they lead me out of the weeds every time I need
it! I hope they inspire the same for you!