I don't know about you, but it seems like I can never get ahead. Between trying to be super woman, run a business, chase a toddler, maintain a healthy marriage, keep up with a dirty house, stay plugged in at church, keep some close friends, cook dinner, stay on top of the bills, oh and try to fit a bit of self care in somewhere, I feel overwhelmed most often to say the least. If you can relate and sometimes feel a bit hopeless, read on for three practical tips that helped me today.
Anytime life gets chaotic and crazy, I know in my heart that I need to just slow down.
But man, when you're a goal chaser like me, that's hard to do!
This past week included a never ending list. Can anyone relate? In the midst of the busyness, I had a hard time making myself slow down and spend some time with The Lord. I believe busyness is part of satan's plan to keep us from stopping and listening for that still small voice.
Today I have 3 simple tips I want to share to help if you are feeling overwhelmed. Don't let the enemy convince you that it is easier to just quit. He tried that on me earlier this year and I almost believed that lie. In fact, for a while I did. I promise, if satan is trying to stop you it's only because you are doing something good. So keep doing that good my friend.
Tip #1: Write Out a Plan.
I know, we have all heard this before. But if you live an extremely full life like me, than you will function so much smoother if you just write out your plan and stick to it. This past week, I felt like I only got half my list marked off. So, I grabbed my handy dandy Business Boutique Goal Planner (which I love by the way!) and wrote out my exact plan for Monday morning. I even put into my schedule quiet time with The Lord and exercise. The reality is, if I don't schedule things in, I look up and the day is already half way over.
I only have a babysitter 3 days per week. I have to make sure I utilize every hour of my working time to it's max potential in order to run a business in only 3 days per week. In order to do that, I have to schedule out every hour and stick to it. Now sure, the simple solution would be to get a babysitter more. But for me personally, I don't want to. I want to work hard when I am at work, and play hard when I am home. The only way to make that possible is to stick to the plan.
What helps me stick to my plan?
- Block out time. Block out the time you need for a certain project.
- Set the timer. I recently started doing this and it makes a huge difference! If I blocked out an hour for a project, I set an hour on my phone timer. When the hour is up, I move to the next thing. This helps me make sure I get through my list for the day.
- Be realistic. Don't try to be super woman. Allow yourself enough time to do the project correctly. I can always tell when I am not paying attention to this part by the simple fact of running late everywhere! If you're constantly running late, start allotting yourself more time for things.
Tip #2: Say No.
Wow, this is a hard one for many of us. I like to do it all. I like to experience it all. I like to please everyone. But the reality is doing this will completely drain you. If you don't have time to add something else to the list, be firm in your no. This has hurt me so many times in the past. Sometimes we say yes to things and then there's no remaining time for important things. And the hard part is, sometimes these things are good things. I had to practice this tip today. My sweet nieces wanted to go for pizza. That sounded so fun and is a good thing to say yes to. In order to accomplish all of my work for the week though, I had to say no. I know that God has a big plan with Soul Fitt and I have to treat it like a job in order for it to grow, therefore I have to "clock" in and get the work done. That was a hard thing to say no to. We don't want to say yes to a bunch of good things and miss the great things God has in store. If you know in your heart you should say no, then be firm with your no.
Tip #3: Make Time For God's Word.
Man, as sad as it is, when I am overwhelmed and exhausted, it's easy to take that off the list. Truth is, this is when we need His Word the most. It refuels us. It refocuses us. It guards our overwhelmed heart with peace. It gives us discernment. Spend time praying with God. He cares about all of your struggles, including how overwhelmed you feel in the moment. I knew today I needed to read Philippians 4 for the "be anxious for nothing part". I didn't know I needed to read it for SO much more. God just filled my heart with truth that I needed so badly today. Don't wait until you're overwhelmed to turn to Him. And when you are overwhelmed, don't cut Him off the list. Keep Him as #1 priority and it will then become easier to say no to things, stick to a plan, and have peace throughout the overwhelming busyness.
I hope and pray that today God's peace can guard your heart and help you to feel a bit less overwhelmed like it did for me. Grab yourself a cup of coffee, get your Bible out, grab your note book, and make a plan!