Slowing Down for 2014, How I’m Handling Getting Overwhelmed

Feather on Rain Drops photograph by fallenpeach

Confession: I get overwhelmed every few months. Completely, nothing is working, freaking out overwhelmed. I tend to overbook myself with projects and work and every once in a while … it just hits me. At that point I feel like I’m not getting anywhere and I’m just working myself to the bone for nothing.

This usually isn’t entirely true. But it’s how I feel for at least 3 days every few months.

In 2013 I came up with a lot (A LOT) of plans and ideas. I want to try to implement many of them this year. But I don’t want to freak myself out. So I’m trying to pace myself this year. I’m setting small goals and not rushing to finish projects. For example, we will be launching a graphic design portion of fallenpeach. Do I know when? No, not yet. I know it will be this year, but I’m not rushing. I want to do it right. Once I know more details about that part of our company I will set a launch date to work towards. But until then, I’m just keeping it as one project that I’m working slowly towards.

Another example: I’m making my own engagement calendar. If I came up with this idea last year I would rush to tell everyone and announce everything about it right away. Instead, I’m taking it slow. Making each month as I go and making changes each month. When it’s perfect, I’ll tell you guys and make more announcements. But until then, the details are staying mostly a secret.

So this year, I guess, one of my words is SLOW. I’m slowing down. Taking things one step at a time. Keeping things to myself until I’m ready.

How about you? How do you handle being overwhelmed? What steps are you taking to get more done instead of freaking out?

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