Have your plans ever been thrown so far out of whack that you can’t figure what to do next?
This is precisely why you haven’t heard from me in a week. It’s all trivial, fixable stuff…but plan-changers nonetheless. Yesterday I spent the morning in a fog, feeling more like hiding than getting problems solved. My new hammock was whispering, “Forget the broken air conditioner and spurting faucet. Never mind the busted vacuum or freezer.”
Then I heard the voice of one of my favorite authors (Elizabeth George) in my brain…nudging me forward. “Do the next thing.”
I think “Loving God with All Your Mind” is the book where Elizabeth talks about overcoming a funk. Her words of wisdom spoke to me throughout the painful months leading up to my Ma’s death. When I felt I would drown under weighty decisions and raw emotions I could only manage to “Do the next thing.”
This week of minor inconveniences is nothing compared to losing my mother, but focusing on one achievable goal at a time helps me in every situation.
I pray that you will be helped by these steps I implement when I feel overwhelmed.
- Make a detailed list of everything nagging your brain. It’s better to get stuff on paper (where you can attack it methodically) than to have it distracting you all day and keeping you up at night.
- Delegate what you can to get it off of your list. There must be areas where you can accept help. Don’t be too proud to ask for it, or to accept it when offered.
- Immediately do the most important thing that can be done today. It might be as simple as getting groceries or calling a repair man – but it’s doing the next thing. It will ease your mind.
- Move items that can wait a few days to another list. Tackle those later.
- Pray over your plans for today.You’ll get nowhere fast in your own strength. Depend on God for the peace of mind and strength to get going.
- Get going. It sounds easy enough. But if you avoid the important things by getting lost in a book or surfing the web (or grabbing comfort food…like me), the pressure will only mount.
What helps you get going when you feel overwhelmed?
Speaking of getting going…I haven’t forgotten our music giveaway. In fact, I decided to add to it! Check back Monday for the winner (and 6 more chances to win.)