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What to do when you don't know where to start

At some point in our lives, I am sure we all have this feeling of 'where do I start?' So, if you are constantly frazzled and need help figuring out where to begin, know that you are not alone. And that there is help at hand! Here are some practical steps to help you find your footing and regain control.

  1. Do a brain dump. Write down everything you can think of that needs doing – now or at some point in the future. Don't judge or try to edit at this stage – write it all down! You can also write down worries – whether you can do something about them doesn't matter – you need to get them out of your head and onto paper.

  2. Take a break. Get yourself a nice hot drink and enjoy the feeling of having emptied your mind. It is best to avoid diving straight into prioritising. You have done a great job getting it all on paper, and taking time to mull over what you have written will ensure the best result.

  3. Prioritise and categorise. Ok, now you get to do this! Use a system to prioritise what needs to be done – you can label them A/B/C or use the Eisenhower matrix - or anything else that works for you. Another way is categorising tasks, e.g., financial tasks, kids' activities, home tasks, etc. And for your worries, you can label them 'things I can do something about now', 'things that can wait' (add them to the task list) and 'things that aren't in my control and thus need to stop worrying about!'

  4. Add to calendar. Blocking time in your schedule for your tasks increases the likelihood of them getting done. Set reminders, too, and you will be on your way to a result.

  5. Ask for help. Now, this likely will take time to come naturally. Still, consider all the tasks you can delegate or get support with. Then think about who can help, such as family, friends and professionals (hello virtual assistants 😉).

  6. Use technology. Repeat after me, 'There's an app for that'. Well, not for everything, but many applications out there are intended to make our lives easier. Some are Cozi-, FamilyWall -, Brili and Timefinder -

Feeling overwhelmed is common, but taking proactive steps to manage your stress and regain control is essential. By implementing these practical strategies into your daily routine, you can begin to feel more organised and able to handle whatever life throws your way. Remember, you've got this!



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