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Overwhelmed. Defeated. Uninspired.

Overwhelmed. Defeated. Uninspired.

Do you want to beat overwhelm, take back control of your life, and get sh*t done?

Honestly, same.

We all experience overwhelm in our lives. It’s unavoidable especially if you have a busy schedule, which most of us do. Wanting to do a huge list of things, but having no time to do it?

Yeah, I feel that way every single day.

However, I have learned that you can’t have this kind of attitude if you want to be productive. It will make you feel defeated before you even start and you’ll lose all motivation. So if you feel this way often, I have some great tips to share with you that will guide you in the right direction in order to beat overwhelm and get sh*t done!

Beat Overwhelm, Take Back Control, and Crush Your Goals {Dreaming With Love}

Before you learn how to beat overwhelm, you need to identify the why.

REASONS YOU”RE FEELING OVERWHELMED

Unorganized

Being unorganized is a great way to feel overwhelmed easily. Your mind is constantly racing and you have so much to do, but no plan or no clue where to start. Sound familiar?

Whether your entire life is unorganized or just part of it, this WILL contribute to the feeling of overwhelm.

If in the past you have been well-organized and now you aren’t, maybe it’s time to make a few changes to gain back some motivation. Change up your daily routines, get yourself a new planner, or start a new daily habit. Changing even the smallest thing may spark your motivation to get organized again.

Wanting Perfectionism

You need to accept that you are not perfect, you will never be perfect, and nothing you do will ever be perfect. If you strive for perfectionism, you will end up falling short, and you can’t let that discourage you.

Aim for your best possible, but know that your best is not perfect.

Priorities aren’t Defined

If you have a huge list of things to complete, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Especially if you don’t know which ones are more important to you than others. Knowing what your priorities are and what to complete first will help you feel more accomplished at the end of the day.

Too Many Things on your Mind

One of the main reasons we feel overwhelmed is because there are just too many things on our minds. Constantly new things come up and our mind is wandering from one to the next.

Beat Overwhelm, Take Back Control, and Crush Your Goals {Dreaming With Love}

Now that you have identified the reason you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are my best tips to beat overwhelm!

HOW TO BEAT OVERWHELM

Take a Step Back, Make a List, and Prioritize It

First things first just take a step back from everything and set aside time to get yourself organized. Now make a list of everything you have to do, little or big put it on the list. At this point, you may feel worse because you’re seeing everything you have to do on paper.

I find it nice to put my things in categories (cleaning, school, work, etc.). The next important thing to do is number your list according to what are your top priorities. I also like to put the things that will take less than 5 minutes into a category. Personally, I do these first because crossing things off my list help motivate me to do more.

Plan Ahead

One huge way to avoid feeling overwhelmed is by planning ahead. I still need to work on this because I am always finishing things last-minute.

Planning ahead allows you to feel so much less stressed and overwhelmed. This isn’t always possible (if I do my dishes twice today, I’ll still have to do more tomorrow) but you should take advantage of it wherever you can in your life.

Take Small Steps

You won’t be able to completely turn your life around in one day, one week, or even one month. It will take time, a lot of time, to make a lifestyle change. Take small steps to get closer to where you want to be. If you try to change or do too much at once, this will cause even more of an overwhelming feeling.

So if you’re trying to be more organized start with making a daily to-do list. Once you have this down you can start planning out a week in advance. Then you can begin organizing specific parts of your life (cleaning routine, side hustles, etc.).

Work Smarter Not Harder

Yes I know, it’s cliché, but it’s true. Find ways to work smarter and be more productive.

Eliminate any and all distractions. Turn off the tv, put your cell phone in another room, disable email notifications and social media notifications, and get rid of anything else distracting.

Delegate any tasks that you can. Have the family help how with cleaning, cooking, and other chores around the house. If you’re overwhelmed with your business, consider hiring someone. In any parts of your life that you can delegate, take advantage of it.

Finally, pay more attention to how you’re managing your time. Are you spending it doing things that need to be done or are you wasting a lot of your time? Pay attention and fix what needs to be fixed.

Beat Overwhelm, Take Back Control, and Crush Your Goals {Dreaming With Love}

Find Your Passion and Make Work Fun or Find Motivation

Easier said than done, but if you enjoy doing your work it will be so much easier to do. Plus you won’t feel as overwhelmed if it’s less “work” and more “fun”. Remind yourself why you started and why you’re doing what you’re doing.

If it’s for something like cleaning or something else you truly don’t want to do, then create a reward. Write down some sort of reward you can have once you finish your tasks. Whether it’s something as small as a candy bar or something bigger like getting your hair done. Base the reward off of how large and time-consuming the task is.

Learn from your mistakes

My final tip for you is to learn from your mistakes during this entire process. I cannot stress how important it is to reflect on the things you’ve done! Check out this post for more information (it’s so important I have an entire post on it). Look back and see what worked, what didn’t work, and what you can change to make next time go smoother.

Reflecting and learning from your mistakes will help you avoid feeling as overwhelmed the next time life gets crazy.

 

I hope that these tips will help you next time you need to beat overwhelm and get sh*t done! I’d love to hear what your tips and strategies are for when overwhelm sneaks up and takes over.

 

<3 Manda Mae

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This One Thing Will Completely Change Your Life for the Better

This One Thing Will Completely Change Your Life for the Better

The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection

So far during this year, I have been focusing on bettering myself in little ways every single day. Creating good habits, being conscious of what I put in my body, destroying bad habits, chasing my dreams, focusing on my future, and doing what makes me the happiest. One of the main things I have learned during this lifestyle change is how important it is to have daily self-reflection! Without it, goals are near impossible to achieve, bad habits are harder to break, and you’re unable to improve upon your mistakes.

So my question for you is:

The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection and how it will help you achieve your goals {Dreaming With Love}

After you make the decision to go after your dreams, the next most important thing you can do is start practicing daily self-reflection. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you exactly why you need to practice daily self-reflection. I’ll also give you some ideas on how to get started.

I talked a little about daily self-reflection in a previous post on how to improve your mood on a bad day, but I decided it was such an important topic, it needed its own post.

If you begin daily self-reflection, I promise you, you will get positive results out of it and it will change your life for the better. So let’s get into it!

 

The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection and how it will help you achieve your goals {Dreaming With Love}

STAY FOCUSED AND ACTUALLY ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

It’s so easy to set New Year Resolutions and monthly/daily goals, however for whatever reason most of us are unable to stick to our goals. We never end up achieving them because we don’t follow through. We write down the goals and then forget to look at them ever again.

Self-Reflection fixes this problem!

All you have to do is write down your goals (I recommend having yearly, monthly, and weekly goals along with daily objectives) and put them somewhere that you can see them every day. I keep mine in my life binder that I use every single day and I write down my daily objectives in my planner.

Now that you have a designated spot for your goals, you need a designated time to review them each day. I’ve found that either the beginning or end of the day (or both beginning and end) are the ideal times.

During this designated time, you should reflect on your daily objectives and see what went good and what went wrong. Where can you improve? What is your biggest weakness of the day?

This time can also be used to get your focus ready for the next day. What do you need to accomplish to get closer to your overall goal? What can you do to make sure you stay productive and on task?

Reviewing your goals daily will increase the probability of you achieving your goals! You just have to stick to it, no matter what.

STOP BAD HABITS AND START GOOD HABITS

This has been a HUGE goal of mine this year and it’s so difficult! They are called habits for a reason. Without implementing daily self-reflection, it would literally be impossible to change them.

One of the best things I’ve ever decided to do is start a ‘daily habit tracker’. It’s just a sheet with a list of daily habits I’d like to start/stop. Each day I check off each one that I either did or didn’t do.

This allows me to look back and see my progress and it’s also super motivating because I LOVE checking off things I have completed. I keep my daily habit checklist in my life binder as well, right next to my goals. HIGHLY recommend this!

REALIZE WHO YOU ARE VS. WHO YOU WANT TO BE

This one is a HUGE reason to start practicing daily self-reflection. We only have one life to live (YOLO) so why wouldn’t we strive to have the most fulfilling life possible?!? It’s a no brainer!

The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection and how it will help you achieve your goals {Dreaming With Love}

Of course, it sounds much easier than it is, but it is SO WORTH the hard work! Plus this can apply to so many things in your life. If you’re a rather lazy person and want to become more motivated, self-reflection can help. You need to find things that get you motivated. The best way to do so is by reflecting daily on “what went well, what didn’t go well, what can you change”. Then make the changes and learn from your mistakes.

Self-Reflection is all about being aware of your strengths and weaknesses and learning from them.

RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN

“Retrain your brain” sounds really weird, I know… but I didn’t know how else to title it. Retraining your brain is actively teaching yourself to focus on the positives in life, even the little ones.

The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection and how it will help you achieve your goals {Dreaming With Love}

This honestly works so well. Throughout the day or at the end of the day think about what you’re grateful for. When something goes a different way than you wanted, try your best to find a positive result, even if it is super small. Life is too short to let things ruin your day. Dwell on it for a little bit if you need to then move on. I’m not saying to suppress your emotions, just keep moving forward and never give up on finding a solution.

The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection and how it will help you achieve your goals {Dreaming With Love}

 

THE BEST WAYS TO START IMPLEMENTING DAILY SELF-REFLECTION 

  • JOURNAL

Daily journaling can be beneficial for so many reasons and I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s a place to write down all of your thoughts, failures, and dreams. Plus I really enjoy looking back in my journal to see how I’ve changed as a person or to remember certain memories. There are so many benefits from keeping a journal!

Writing about your day and thoughts is a great way to take time and think about every little aspect of your life. Things you want to change, things you love, ideas you have, dreams and goals, and everything in between. Seeing it all on paper helps put more reality into it.

For a little motivation, get yourself a cute journal!

  • SET GOALS AND REVIEW THEM DAILY

I talked about this already, but it’s seriously the best thing you can do if you’re struggling to achieve your goals. It’s so easy to set a goal, even write it down, and then never look at it again. As I mentioned before, you need to write down your goals and put them in a place where you will see them every.single.day.

Take action to do something each day that gets you closer to your goals. You need an action plan and you need to review your goals every day.

  • BEGIN OR END EACH DAY WITH PERSONAL TIME

If you don’t do anything else then do this. Start or End your day with time set aside for you to reflect and plan. Look back on yesterday and pick out the main positives and negatives of the day. What would you like to change, how can you improve, and what do you want to continue doing?

Now plan the next day. What are your main objectives? Which goals do you want to focus on? What can you do to better yourself and your future?

Take the time to really reflect on yesterday and plan out the next day. This will change your mindset to be more positive and motivated!

THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP I CAN GIVE YOU

Start Small.

If you’re anything like me then you have a huge list of things in your life that you’d like to improve. Well not to break your heart, but perfection is impossible. You will NOT be able to completely change your life in one day or even one month and you will never ever achieve perfection. It will take a lot of time and dedication to make any changes. If you try to make too many huge changes too quickly, you will get overwhelmed and end up being right back where you started.

I had to learn this the hard way. PLEASE listen to this tip even if you don’t listen to anything else!

The best way I’ve found to start small is by taking everything day by day. If you make even slight progress, it’s still progress and is so motivating as long as you focus on the positives. Also keeping track of your progress is extremely inspiring to keep going. When you’re feeling defeated, look back on your progress and think about how far you’ve come rather than how far you have left to go!

 

I’d LOVE to hear what things you do in order to better yourself and get closer to reaching your goals!

<3 Manda Mae

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