Whenever I feel stressed out or overwhelmed, I can usually narrow it down to one main reason:
My mental queue is jam packed.
Imagine your mind as an inbox that is overflowing with outstanding priorities, goals, calls, meetings, errands, and countless other distractions. I’m sure most of you don’t have to imagine - in today’s crazy, technology-driven world, this tends to be the default.
Honestly, this is how I feel a lot of the time, especially when I forget to check in with myself.
Whenever I forget to groom my mental queue, it quickly fills up with outstanding commitments.
How do I stop this from happening?
Like most things, it’s simple (I didn’t say easy).
As someone who regularly suffers from paralysis-by-analysis, I have to actively force myself to make decisions, pull triggers, and push stuff out of the door.
In other words, I have to clear my mental queue.
This involves actively mapping out all of my commitments, deciding next steps, and holding off from taking on anything new.
When I don’t do this, I tend to procrastinate and overthink things, which leads to even more stress and less mental bandwidth - it’s a vicious circle.
If you haven’t recently, make a quick list of every single commitment you have and ask yourself, “Does this belong in my mental queue?”