Take a Power Hour to Stop Overwhelm

According to the National Association of Professional Organizers, 60% of Americans feel they do not have enough time to get everything done.

This past week I certainly was part of that 60%! As I unsuccessfully attempted to check off everything I had on my to-do list, I felt like I was trying to fit a square peg in a round hole!

Maybe you’re also overwhelmed with the sheer volume of items on your to-do list!  Or, perhaps, you underestimated the time needed, or fell prey to interruptions because you didn’t set strong time boundaries.

With a mountain of paperwork facing you, phone calls to make, tasks/chores to be done and all the other things you want to check off your to-do-list, you’re more than likely to procrastinate and shuffle mindlessly from one thing to another.  And, at the end of the day, feel you have wasted time and accomplished little, if anything.

Well, I recommend you take a power hour to stop overwhelm so that you can take a step back, re-energize and reassess what’s really  important now.

Here’s how you can quickly get from overwhelmed, foggy, and frustrated to seeing some astonishing results while renewing your energy source, gaining clarity and a sense of achievement.

  • Set a timer for an hour to work on just one task.  Setting a time to complete just one thing helps to manage your time and quickly gives you a sense of accomplishment.  When the hour is up, take a 10-minute break – get something to drink or go for a short walk.  When you return, you will feel mentally and physically alert and ready to take on the next power hour.
  • Use part of your 10-minute break to take several some deep breaths. Breathing deeply gives you clarity, focus and renewed energy.
  • If it fits into your day, take a power nap. A power nap is good way to refresh quickly.  Researchers at NASA showed that a 30-minute power nap increased alertness by approximately 40 percent! I find taking just a 10-15 minute nap refreshing.
  • Realign your expectations with the reality of what is possible to accomplish within a given time frame. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you won’t accomplish everything on your schedule today. Prioritize your to-do-list based on what’s most important.
  • If your workspace is cluttered, spend the first power hour clearing away all unnecessary papers, pens, etc. before you begin working on your first task. Note:  This is not the time to rearrange files, clean out a drawer, sort books, etc.  Instead, your main goal is to clear a space where your energy and creativity can flow freely.
  • Turn off the ringer on your phone and let any phone calls you receive to go to voice mail so that your “power hour” is not interrupted. You can always check for messages when you take your next break.

Use the tips above to easily use your power hour to stop overwhelm, procrastination, mental drain, and frustration.

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Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Certified Life Coach, Family therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys M. Anderson, helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care.

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