How to Handle Overwhelm

Everyday I hear from women who tell me in exasperation "I just don't know where to start! I have so much to do and I feel like I never get enough done!"

As women, we already have a lot on our list.

We are constantly wearing so many hats as we try and be the best friend, daughter, wife, and mother that we can be.

Becoming an entrepreneur adds a whole other element to the experience of juggling our lives and our many roles.

A few months ago, I was going through a very trying time in my business and in my life.
I was overwhelmed, frustrated and exhausted.

I was spending 10 plus hours a day working and yet at the end of the day I still wasn't feeling satisfied with what I had accomplished.

I wasn't enjoying what I was doing anymore and was dangerously close to BURNING OUT.

So, do you want to know what I did?

It is so SIMPLE & EASY you guys aren't going to believe it.

I stumbled across some advice that said:

When I saw this I realized that usually when I have to get a lot done I start working on multiple things all at the same time.

However, when I do so I almost always feel extremely frazzled and I don't end up really completing any of the tasks very well.

I took this advice to heart and started just really focusing on ONE THING AT A TIME, and CREATING EXCELLENCE.

Not only did I start ENJOYING what I was working on more, but I became so much MORE SATISFIED with what I had completed at the end of the day because I was so PROUD of my work!

Do you have any TIPS for how to handle overwhelm? Please post them below!

I'm going to be personally reviewing all of the comments so feel free to ask any questions that you may have as well.

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  1. Meegan says:

    I know exactly what you mean. So often I feel rushed, there’s so much to get done and I feel like I’m not getting things accomplished. For instance, from that list of tools you sent (love it btw) I decided to install google reader, I wanted to make a reader for all the blogs I follow and started to put it together but it seems like you need to manually input each then manually move each one into the folder you want to keep them in. Ok, enough boring details it just is so frustrating when you want to do something fast and then you’ve spent tons of time on things and it’s still not done!!!
    A question I have for you about overwhelm is how do you keep up with all the Internet tools (ex. Pros and cons of each shopping cart system) and social media, mktg

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    • melanieduncan says:

      Hi Meegan,

      That is a great question. I follow some fan pages (like Mashable and Hubspot) and read their posts each morning to stay current on what’s happening in the tech realm. With regards to social media, it’s really important to set specific goals, measure results, and know what does and does work. Too many people waste too much time trying to do social media with no idea what they are even trying to do. I’m working on some free training courses on this topic, so I’ll keep you posted!

      Take care.xx

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  2. Loni Parker says:

    I get like this all of the time. And this idea of doing one thing well is a great idea. I found that if I write down all of the tasks I need to get done in a day that helps me to stay focussed on what needs to be done. It’s always satisfying to cross each task off the list as they get done and then this spurs me on to get more and more tasks ticked off the list.

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    • melanieduncan says:

      That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing Loni.


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  3. Meegan says:

    Thanks for the tips Melanie! I will follow your method and read hubspot and mashable too. I really like the combo of personal and usable info you are providing because it definitely helps to cut down the overwhelm. Makes the idea of creating a success on the net attainable. Thanks!!

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  4. Vernetta F. says:

    I actually just stop, walk away from it and do something completely unrelated. When I am working on the new thing it allows my mind to refocus so when I come back to it, I have a new perspective on how to accomplish what I was working on.

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  5. Darren Wash says:

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be useful to read content from other authors and practice a little something from their websites.

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  6. Diana Blinda says:

    Melanie, thanks for this post, it came at the right time. I am doing fine but i have a manager in my team who need this. So, i forwarded to her, will have her feedback soon.

    all the best

    I enjoyed your webinar yesterday about Pinterest, I found it very usefull and fun :)

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  7. compare market stocks says:

    Wonderful website. Lots of useful info here. I’m sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your sweat!

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