Ever feel overwhelmed?


What I do when I feel overwhelmed?

Sometimes I have too much swirling around in my head; upcoming events, exhibitions, work that needs to be made, courses I am creating, not to mention the day to day activities.  This feeling of being out of control and overwhelmed leads to worry about how and if it will all get done. I feel it when my chest tightens and I become impatient with life. Now I recognize that feeling and I know I need to get it all out of my head and onto paper so I can see what is in front of me.  I am not talking about a “to do list”. Drastic times call for drastic measures. I need a roll of paper about 2 x 6 ft long a few colorful sharpie markers and a little time. I create categories with bullet points which get linked together with arrows and narrowed down with circles and slashes. I add initials to those tasks which can be delegate.  Then I prioritize and create action steps for myself. This is usually finished with scheduling the actions and putting reminders in my phone. At this point I sit back, take a deep breathe, and see this will all get done just not all at the same time. There is something about a big sheet of paper that allows me to purge my brain, reorganize it and take tasks on with new confidence.  What is your strategy for overcoming overwhelm?