‘Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either, “I wish I had,” or “I’m glad I did.’
There have been times in my life where I was completely overwhelmed, burdened by my different projects and responsibilities – and frustrated because so many of them not only stressed me, but did not really matter to me.
Feeling overwhelmed is directly related to a sense of control. As soon as you feel you are losing control over your time, relationships and life, your responsibilities feel like burdens piling up on your shoulders. You then feel anxious you can not do everything or feel resentful about the expectations people have for you.
In order to regain your sense of control you have to review the choices that led to the overwhelm. Make a list of everything you feel you are responsible for. Include your work projects, your to-do list at home, and the outcomes you are expected to create in your professional, family and social life.
Rather than chasing 3 or 4 goals and making very little progress on them, place all of your energy on what really matters. Focus. Not only will you reduce some of the stress associated with trying to juggle too many tasks, you will be much more successful.
We all know deep down there are different things that drive us – hobbies that excite us, passions that we wish we had more time to explore, people we wish could spend more time with. I believe that identifying, focusing on, and spending time on what matters to us is vital.
‘One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.’