Have you ever felt like you don't know where your head is at? There are things you want to do, things you need to do, but you just don't know what direction you're supposed to be going in? You're stuck, stressed and frustrated.
I'm not talking about your big life picture here (at least not in this post). I'm talking about feeling this way, in this very moment, as you try to get on with your day and do what needs to be done.
Before we get into these 3 easy steps and get you back on track, just stop and take a few deep breaths. Know that you are awesome and that things really are okay. You got this!
You do great things everyday and it's okay to get off the path from time to time. So let's get you back on track, shall we?
1) Brain dump all the things
Is it just me or does it feel like brain dumps have been talked about to death? Maybe, but the thing is, they work! They are an integral part of getting you back on track.
I like to think of brain dumps as reset buttons for your brain.
Here's what you do - get out a piece of paper and pen, or your favourite notes app and start writing! Write down every single thing that you can think of that either needs to be done, that you want to do, that you're dreaming of. All of it.
Even if you know it's written down on another list somewhere, write it down anyway. It might make you think of something else.
Do this for as long as you need to. Do it until you can't think of a single other thing you can possibly write down. Then move onto the next step.
2) Pick 1 to 3 things
Now that you have a list, you might be starting to feel overwhelmed by all the things that are on it. But before you go and start binge watching Netflix in order to avoid "the list", I want you to go grab a highlighter.
Now take another look at your list. Be brave. Your list might be long, but remind yourself that you don't have to do it all now. Some things might never get done, and that's okay too. But don't worry about that now.
What I want you to do is highlight 1 to 3 things from your list that you're going to do today (or tomorrow, depending on what time of day it is).
It doesn't matter what you choose. The goal here is to get you to start moving forward and feeling like you're accomplishing something.
3) Do the thing
Don't overthink this. Just do the thing!
Life doesn't have to be complicated
Sometimes we overthink things and end up causing unnecessary stress and overwhelm for ourselves. Or is that just me??
Today's society has us believing that being busy and overwhelmed equals success. I don't know about you, but I don't want success to look like that for me.
I don't want life to be complicated or stressful. We're meant to enjoy life to its fullest. There's so much to see and experience, why would be want to spend it stressed out and overwhelmed?
Let's keep things simple as much as we can. Life will be much more enjoyable, and dare I say, you'll probably feel more productive as well.
What about the rest of the list?
Your list has 100+ things on it and you've done 1, 2 or 3 things off of it. So now what?
Keep choosing one thing at a time. And if you're ready to get that list organized, check out my blog post, 4 Basic Planning Steps for Beginners, where I share with you simple and actionable steps to set up your planning system and organize your brain dump list.
If you want to dig a little deeper into organizing your goals, projects and to dos, I invite you to check out my Ultimate Goals Workbook. Designed to help you keep your goals, projects and to-dos all in one place. It's a great tool to help you stay on track and move closer to your goals.
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