How do you know when too much is too much?
Too much work.
Too much time.
Too much energy.
Too much drama.
Too much craziness.
Sometimes there is just too much going on.
So how do you handle it?
How do you cope with too much?
When is your coping strategy “too much”?
My coping strategy: distraction – or eating to distract myself.
Neither one is very productive.
Neither one eliminates or helps me deal with the amount of work that needs done. They definitely don’t give me more time or energy. They tend to create a lot of drama in my life and marriage.
So where does it all end?
I believe the first step in solving any problem is identification. If you can’t identify you have a problem or what is causing it you can’t fix it.
So my problem right now is this – I have too much on my plate and I’m too far behind. I’m overwhelmed by it and so I default to using the strategies I mentioned to “cope” with being overwhelmed – which just adds more to my plate and remove nothing.
So now what? I need a plan!
This always should start with prayer. Seeking God who is capable of giving you wisdom and strength so that you can continually identify where you are getting off course and what the problem truly it.
From there I need to develop a healthy coping method.
So let’s take my favorite distraction – Facebook.
Who needs a better distraction?? Right?
But Facebook is so counterproductive to me eliminating my problem of too much. So what can I do to eliminate this?
Here’s 3 ways I’ve come up with to try. (<– note key word there 😉 )
1) Delete my password from my phone – I hate entering it, and this will slow me down to actually stop and think if I actually NEED to get on for some reason.
2) Put my phone away. My phone is always on me. I really don’t need to carry it around all day everyday. It needs to find a ‘home”.
3) Set a goal and timer for when I’m on Facebook. Often I get on to do something productive, but within a moment or two I’ve forgotten why I’ve gotten on and am lost is distraction land. Then I get called away or need to do other things and I haven’t completed my purpose for being on in the first place. So counterproductive!
The next step is always the hardest for me.
Implementing and following through with your plan. This truly is MY biggest weakness. (Prayer appreciated here!)
To help me implement this … I’m going to do it right now (stops typing and deletes password, puts phone in a home spot).
The next thing I need to do to help me with coping with too much is to replace my bad coping habits with some good ones.
Writing is a good coping strategy for me as a blogger. It forces me to sort out, organize and think about what is going on in my head. It also may give me some usable content once in a while. So to my way of thinking this should be a much more productive coping strategy than the one I’m currently using. (Hoping and praying here!)
I’m hoping to come up with some more as well soon, but for now this will do. I’m definitely open to thoughts and suggestions – so leave me a comment below 😉
So what are you dealing with right now that is just too much? How are you coping? Is it helping?