I’ve been overwhelmed a lot the last few years. I am a person who likes to work on one thing at a time, and have been stretched to multitask, and sometimes never getting back to task A for weeks, which makes me crazy. I’ve found some coping tricks to help keep me sane.
- Keep a list, and prioritize. Weekly for the overall big projects, and daily for the things you can’t forget in a day. I do it on my calendar. The reason this is so important is because the more overwhelmed I become, the more forgetful I become. 10 minutes in the morning can keep disasters at bay.
- If you have the space set your work out so you can see them. I feel more comfortable knowing that it is right there waiting for me. I have not lost it!
- Break big projects into tasks, get the tasks scheduled. If I have to shellac an object, I need to look at the timing and the daily tasks. Otherwise the week gets crazy confusing and I don’t know where my extra time is, so, 9-noon I paint or write (best creative time for me) and noon to 5 I shellac!
- I rely on timers and my Mac alarm. No kidding. Especially on a Facebook break or when painting.
- Be ready to compromise. I was so upset because I never had time to paint, which recharges me more than meditation. I spent the time to solve the problem, looking at why, and what I could do to change the situation. For me it was about size and time; I needed too much space if I set up my studio acrylic with canvases, etc, and also did not have the time to be consistent. I looked at my creativity as something which could be satisfied in a different manner, and switched to watercolors, set up my small space behind my computer, and now when I have two hours I can turn around and I am ready to go.
- Stop when exhaustion takes you. Really, a dead tired person makes mistakes, no matter what the job. Sometimes a day off when it really isn’t convenient to recharge changes the entire week, and then the tasks seem lighter.
- Learn to meditate. Go to your happy space for ten minutes to recharge!