I used to dread Sunday nights as I prepared to face another endless week. I often worked 80-hour-weeks between medical training and my practice, making life-changing decisions in high-pressure situations.
Today, Monday comes and I know that another packed week is just beginning. My long never-ending list looms and since I haven’t begun yet, it feels big – very big. But as we “mature” we learn a few things. Such as how I hike. At a steep, “endless” trail portion, I tell myself to take just one step. Then another. Same thing at work. It works!
Tips for not getting overwhelmed:
• Don’t look at the whole (fill in the blank) in front of you if it feels like too much.
• Instead, break it down into small, manageable chunks that you can process and accomplish one step at a time. You can do that little task, right?
• Don’t freeze. The key is just start. Write one word, make that first call, jot down that first idea, etc. But if you can’t start, you’ll never get there. Make that first move and you will roll.
• Keep it in perspective. Will this kill you? Are the kids ok? Do you have a home and a cat who loves you? What matters? Worry gets us nowhere.
• Enjoy the journey. If all you do is worry and toil, you may have no enjoyment of your work and life. If you hate your job, find another one. Change is hard but suffering every day is harder.
• What will you remember at the end of it all? Was it that you dreaded each week or did you find some joy in the process, your own internal fulfillment? That’s what it’s all about.
I happen to not only love my work, but am truly passionate about it – so for me it is easy once that list gets rolling on Monday. And every week, to my surprise, it is suddenly Friday. Where did the time go? I guess I was having fun.