There’s no denying it, it all feels like too much today.
Certain life choices with unknown out comes loom over head, bigger and scarier than ever, while the daily practice of functioning like a normal adult human just seems like too bigger task for me.
Looking around, it’s as though my surroundings reflect the inside of my head. 100 jobs started and not finished, too many good intentions to count, disorder rules – it’s a mess.
I look to my phone, surely this faithful distraction will take the edge off. But in a rare moment it looks blankly back at me, as if to say “don’t even think about it.”
I’m stuck here, in this moment forced to take it in. And, unless I want to stay here forever, lost in the disorder, starting but never finishing, I’d better find a different rout out.
But, when you don’t even know what the problem is, how could you possibly find a solution.
For me, it’s with 3 simple ‘why’ questions.
Q1. Why are you feeling like this?
- There’s too much to do, nothing is getting done, I’m late with everything, it feels like chaos.
Q2. Why is nothing getting done?
- Because I keep getting distracted.
Q3. Why are you distracted?
- I’ve got so much on my plate, I don’t know where to start.
Obviously you could ask why forever and this example is a pretty basic one. But this exercise is useful non the less.
For me it cuts through the surface level emotion and gets to the point – I’m feeling over whelmed and with so much to do I don’t know where to start.
All that’s left to do now is find a good starting point, work out what exactly needs doing and how I’m going to get it done.