Why do people lose motivation? There are many reasons, but one is feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
When things become overwhelming, it blocks your mind and prevents you from moving forward. You’re stuck because there are so many things to do, and you have totally no idea where to start.
It may be good to feel overwhelmed once in a while because you want to push yourself out of your comfort zone, but if this feeling persists, it may cause paralysis and immobilize you.
If you have one of those crazy busy days where you feel extremely overwhelmed, that’s fine. It happens to everyone.
However, if this continues for weeks, months, or even years, you will definitely lack the motivation to build and create a better lifestyle. It’s a vicious cycle.
What’s the solution?
Don’t overestimate yourself. Take breaks and chunk your work.
First, do not overestimate yourself.
People overestimate what they can do in a year, and underestimate what they can do in a decade.
The most I can get done in a day is about 3 to 5 things. Those things are high-impact productive work though.
Doing my laundry, going to the gym, answer emails, walking the dog, etc. doesn’t count as being productive. That’s just stuff I need to get done.
I would consider working on my business such as curriculum development or my coaching program a major productive task.
If the list gets longer than 3 to 5 items of big projects, my day is going to be crazy and I won’t be able to get everything done.
Hence, I keep my list short, with about 3 to 5 items to work on each day. Sometimes, even less! With extra attention and focus on that one big project.
Maybe you can work faster and more efficiently than me, but whatever you do, don’t overestimate yourself. More is not always merrier. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re probably making this mistake to some degree.
Keep your list short and do what is most important to you first.
Then, schedule and take regular breaks. You want to have time to recharge your energy and keep your motivation strong.
Finally, chunk your work. Try to focus on the bite-size rather than trying to accomplish the big task at once.
A good way to handle this is to use the 5-Minute Rule, where you focus on doing your work for just five minutes. After five minutes, you get to make a decision if you want to keep working on that task or not. Usually, you keep going.
Remember, Rome was not built in a day. The same goes for the success you desire, which could be as simple as you having more free time to do the things you love.
Success is not a sprint, but a marathon. You can go slow, but don’t stop. Make progress each day and you will get there eventually.
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