One of my favourite posts is about learning to say “no”… Mainly because you all love it, but it also provides some great tips on prioritizing your time and saying ‘yes’ to projects you are passionate about.
I will admit, over the last four months I have said yes to pretty much every opportunity. My main reason was to gain experience and build up my resume. Let’s just say, I have loved every minute of it! It has been challenging, inspirational and terrifying, but fantastic to say the least.
But there is a hitch… I find myself constantly feeling as if my brain is about to explode. It all begins with information overload and ends with watching Netflix for endless hours because it becomes so overwhelming.
What’s a girl to do?
I have discovered two ways to prevent the endless hours of watching Netflix – don’t get me wrong, I love binge watching Netflix on Saturdays, but when I have a never-ending to-do list I certainly do not need the distraction.
How to prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed:
+ Stay organized! I always have a to-do list going, keep an updated work-plan and have my daily planner handy!
+ Brain-dump all the information stirring in my mind on a piece of paper or a computer document. This is actually super helpful. It removes all the thoughts in my mind onto a tangible piece of paper. I can then move onto prioritizing those thoughts into actions! – KEY!!
After a full day of meetings or when I feel I have so many ideas and have no idea where to start, I find myself saying “wow! I need to do a brain-dump.” This technique has helped me countless times over and its so simple!
Here are some tips to get you started:
+ Always have a sheet of paper handy
+ If a mind map works better for you, then start here (begin with one word or idea and branch off from there)
+ don’t be afraid to bounce ideas off co-workers, partners, friends or ME!
+ Start your day off right and fill out a day planner or better yet a weekly planner on Mondays
+ Know what your priorities are for the day
+ Complete at least three tasks which take five minutes to start and finish – your to-do list will be significantly shorter.
+ I have created four free organizational tools to help you get started!
Stay organized friends!
How do you stay organized?