It could be a beginning of a new year, or a new start after a transition when we often feel too excited and enthusiastic and set too many goals to achieve and make more commitments than we can ever manage.
We get interested in too many things. We put down our names in too many groups, we subscribe to numerous newsletters, and we enrol into multiple courses. We create too many social network accounts than we can actually remember. All these activities drain our energy and leave us with hardly any time to do the actual work or to create anything meaningful.
Still we continue all these because we are afraid of
Missing out on interesting stuff
Not keeping up with the new trends
Not making the connections with others
Feeling left out
Then we feel so overwhelmed that we loose our ability to focus effectively on anything, loose our creativity, our arts become mediocre, our interests become our chores and we feel a sense of overwhelming burden.
I was in this situation and slowly have managed to use some strategy to handle these feelings. I am certainly no expert in time management but I will share with you a few things that have worked for me.
- Choose your commitments carefully. Ask “why” many times before saying yes to anything. ‘Everybody else is doing it, its on demand, it’s the hottest thing to learn’ are not good reasons.
- Limit your social networking. If you are at many places at one time you are just spreading yourself too thin. You may think that you are connected to everyone but you can not make real connection just by clicking few likes or re-tweeting a few times. Real connection requires your interest, honest feedback, engagement and care.
- Make a routine of checking your emails or Facebook. Bookmark or add on to Google reader all the interesting articles or blog posts and read a few in each weekend.
- Subscribe only to a few newsletter and websites. What has worked for me is that I only check a few sites on each of my interests (simple living, changing habits, parenting, creativity). I know if there is anything of significance happening, I will find out about them from these blogs. Therefore, I subscribe to the ones that I feel really connected to.
- Delegate. This is really a hard one. When I first started to create my site I wanted to do everything by myself. Soon I realised that I was wasting a lot of time to figure out things that I am not very good at. I just needed to delegate some of these tasks. Once I did that it has freed up a lot of my time and energy.
Please share with us your experience or strategy to handle these situations.
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