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How can I not get overwhelm but still complete everything I am suppose to?

16 Answers
Last Updated: 12/21/2020 at 9:30am
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Lindsay Scheinerman, MA, LPC

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My work with clients is to help them recognize and build on their strengths to find solutions for the conflicts presented in their lives.

Top Rated Answers
January 14th, 2015 4:54am
Work in a pace u can handle. Don't take more u can't handle ask for help if needed. Find short cuts. Efincy. Make better work plan
January 18th, 2015 5:50am
Try making a list. Sometimes, you find a few little things that you can do easily and quickly. That will help bring the workload to a more manageable chunk and it might feel much more approachable!
April 13th, 2015 2:05am
By talking to others about your problems and worries, it helps relieve stress. You can always count on 7cups to hep you when it comes to support. If you are religious pray!
May 19th, 2015 5:08pm
I struggle with this myself. For me, I take frequent short breaks. That seems to help with the overwhelming feelings that come with the amount of work I have to do.
June 9th, 2015 12:47am
Take things one step at a time. If we think to ourselves "I have so much to complete and not enough time to do it in" things can seem out of reach and make us feel anxious. How ever if we alter the way we think to " I will do this one task and go from there" we have already completed one item off our list and already feel better about our progress. Try to keep things as simple as possible and focus on just one task at a time and the impossible will soon become possible.
August 31st, 2015 4:59am
A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. All too often, we look at the end goal or the many things that we have to accomplish to get there and become overwhelmed with fear. How can we possibly accomplish all that we have to? But usually, when we look more closely, it's a series of steps. To avoid being overwhelmed and freezing, focus on the next step that presents itself. Be mindful of that single, achievable goal. Recognize your achievement when you have completed it, and only then turn your full attention and emotional commitment to the next step. As you move forward, and feel some level of achievement, you may find that the steps become more rapidly accomplished and your end goal is within your reach.
September 7th, 2015 2:47am
Making a list of your to-do's and prioritizing might be able to help you. Planning and preparing before hand can help make things easier and not so overwhelming in the long run.
September 22nd, 2015 8:13pm
Try to take it one small step or task at a time. Breaking larger tasks down can help it seem like it requires less effort, so you stress less :)
March 7th, 2016 4:59am
Take a deep breath before you decide to tackle everything head on. Then look at them and prioritise what needs to be done first. That way you get the important things done first and you'll feel better when it comes to the others
August 2nd, 2016 11:19pm
Breathe. Look at your list of things to do. Oh, you don't have one? Create one now, then look at it. If anything job-related and is under 30 minutes to complete, do it first. Then, priority tasks. If you have no existing priorities, the first that came in should be the first that goes out.
October 31st, 2016 8:28pm
I would make a checklist of everything I need to do, broken down to small tasks. I will start with the simplest tasks, checking them off one at a time, and make plans on finishing the rest.
November 29th, 2016 1:38am
This is quite a common problem so never feel alone in these situations. Depending on what you are doing becoming overwhelmed is totally understandable. If this involves school I recommend talking to your academic support center to potentially give you pointers on how to study well. Just try your best and always look forward. That is all you can do. I wish you the best in the future.
March 26th, 2018 12:01pm
Organize your work. If you can, read over your to-do list and identify the level of importance and difficulty. Move from more important & less difficult items to less important & more difficult ones. Don't leave an item unattended unless you have no immediate solution.
December 24th, 2018 4:41pm
You can try writing yourself a to-do list or you could try breaking it down into smaller chunks of what you need to do. Don't procrastinate, as that will make it harder for you in the end. You could also use a planner to write down what you need to get done each day. Make sure to set a certain time each day to get this done, that way you are less likely to procrastinate or become overwhelmed by everything you are supposed to do. One last tip I can give you is that if you get too overwhelmed, take some time to calm down and relax.
November 5th, 2019 2:38am
Personally, I have found that taking time to create a schedule or some sort of a physical list, can really clear my mind and reduce getting overwhelmed about 70%. Writing when you need to accomplish each separate task, how long you think it will take and mapping out a plan of action can really help clarify what is most important and may help you finish your tasks before you know it. If you still feel overwhelmed after making a plan of action, perhaps take some time to do something relaxing such as meditating, coloring, yoga, working out or anything else that has helped you clear your mind in the past.
December 21st, 2020 9:30am
Take an emotional time out.. Exercise.. Breathe deeply,Be mindfully thankful. Phone a friend. Pray or meditate. Procrastinate - It's amazing how your subconscious can solve problems for you when you ignore them for a bit. Delegate. Talk things over with your significant other. Write stuff down. Take a nap. Map your progress. Drink (water). Turn stuff down. Accomplish something different-Sometimes procrastination strategies can actually be long-term productive. Clean things up. Clearing your living and working spaces has a profound calming effect. Take a few minutes to straighten up something that's bothering you, and you might see things in a whole new light.