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Overwhelmed? Zoom In.

I used to get overwhelmed very easily. One task would be added to my plate. And then another one woul
Overwhelmed? Zoom In.
By Jordan Brown • Issue #86 • View online
I used to get overwhelmed very easily.
One task would be added to my plate.
And then another one would be added. And another.
Before I knew it, I had a stack of task pancakes.
It was quite the problem pile-up.
And it would make me very overwhelmed and very anxious.
But I’ve added a trick to my repertoire.
It helps fight the feeling of overwhelm.
It’s simple, but it’s also possible to misuse.
Let’s briefly discuss it.

What Happens When You're Overwhelmed
When you’re overwhelmed, it’s usually because you have too much going on and you don’t have a system to deal with all of the information that is flooding your brain.
When this happens, it’s common to think about every single thing you need to do all at once. The brain quickly become overloaded and shuts down. And this is when anxiety tends to increase. For people who have anxiety, cluttering thoughts are stifling. It’s hard to separate one from the other.
It’s like you’re flying overhead, looking down at yourself.
You can see everything that you need to do, but you don’t know where to begin to do it all.
This is where a simple technique comes in.
A Simple Trick to Fight Being Overwhelmed
The technique has to do with changing your view. So instead of flying overhead, you come back to the ground.
You deal with what’s right in front of you.
Let’s call this “Zooming In.”
Zooming in means, instead of looking at every task all at once, you take one task and analyze it carefully. This is beneficial because it gives your mind only one thing on which to focus. You can do something about one thing. You can take actions to put one thing in its proper place.
Try this.
Say you have 20 tasks that are floating around in your mind. Choose one of them. It doesn’t matter which one. When anxiety spikes, there’s no use in devising rules for which task to tackle at which time. You just need to take one simple action to get out of Overwhelmed Mode(not trademarked, but maybe one day).
Got the task? OK, write it down. Writing something down helps your brain process it, freeing up mental space.
Look at that ONE task and think about what you need to do to get it done. Where do you need to go? Is there someone who needs to help you with it?
Zooming In is effective because it pins your full attention on one thing at a time.
When this happens, you channel your energy in a productive way. And what tends to happen is that you start to zoom back out–but in effective ways.
You might notice that one task actually links naturally with another. You may realize that there is one person who can help you knock out multiple tasks at once. When you zoom in to focus on one task, you naturally zoom out when necessary. Your brain will naturally fill in the gaps.
Of course, zooming in won’t solve all of your problems. It’s just a technique to use when you get stuck. It will help you get unstuck so that you can decide what to do next.
To fully conquer the feeling of being overwhelmed, you need a system. That’s what comes next.
But start here, with this simple technique. Zoom in when you’re stuck in the sky. Come back down to Earth.
It’s easier to breathe down here.
Boy oh boy, it’s no fun being overwhelmed. Try this. Share it with others. Share this email with others. You can feel better. It just takes doing something different than you normally do. Good luck.

Have a Top-Notch Tuesday,
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7:13 AM - 11 Feb 2020
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