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When you have too much going on it can be difficult to find true perspective on where you should invest your time.  Too much to do and not enough time to do it in can cause a lack of clarity, direction and focus.  Having too much going on creates confusion about which activities to work on, and which activities can be left for another day.

When you have too much going on in the present moment it can be difficult to see a clear way through. Having too much to do leads to overwhelm and distraction.

When you have too much to do, it’s easy to feel stuck, bogged down and frustrated.   Now, we all feel like we have too much going on for many reasons.

So, what can you do when you have too much to do?  You can start by identifying the causes.  You may feel like you have too much going on because you’re putting unnecessary pressure on yourself

Having too much to do may be caused by overcommitting or because you don’t feel in control of what you have going on.  Too much to do can cause stress, anxiety and overthinking.

If you have too much to do right now, this articles shares  5 ways to deal when you have too much going on.

5 Ways to Deal When You Have Too Much Going On

Here are 5 ways to deal when you have too much to do.

1. Clarify your goals 

When you have too much to do and not enough time, it’s essential to reconnect with your goals.  Clarifying your goals will help you get clear on your biggest priorities so you can stop having too much to do.

Having better goals will help you get clear on the activities only you can do.  Most people spend way too much time doing too many things.  Improved goal setting will transform your feeling of having too much to do this week into a simplified, productive to-do list.

Read also: Goal setting: how to set and achieve your goals

2. Get your priorities right 

When there are too many priorities to focus on it’s easy to feel you have too much going on.  To stop having too much to do each day it’s important to get your priorities right.

Having a long to-do list can make you feel overwhelmed and unfocused.  Instead, build up a small list of priorities for the day.  If you’re going to focus on something, make sure it’s a priority that can help move you closer towards your goals.

Read also: How to prioritise and stay focused 

3. Decide how much to do each day

It’s important to understand how much your time is worth so you can use your time to make productive progress each day.  When you have too much going on decide how much to do each day with that time.

Rather than doing too much, work smarter, not harder.  Take on fewer tasks and focus on doing your most important work.  If you have too much going on, start simplifying.

When you feel you’re doing too much reduce your priorities to just three important things each day.  You’ll feel clearer, less stressed and more in control.

Read also: 6 tips for successful daily planning 

4. Get into action 

Having too much going on can lead to inaction.  To overcome having too much to do it’s essential to get going.  To get into action.

Pick one of your priorities and schedule it into your calendar.  Set aside everything else for now.  Block out time to work on it and get to work.  Getting into action builds confidence and momentum.

Being present in the moment on an important task increases your intentionality.  Getting into action gives you a clear focus and can eliminate the feeling of having too much going on.

Read also: 6 tips to plan your week effectively 

5. Have breaks during the day 

Having too much to do, and wanting to get everything done as soon as possible, leads to exhaustion and feeling tired all the time.  When you feel tired you aren’t as productive as you could be.

When you have too much to do, it’s important to take breaks during the day.  Taking breaks between tasks will boost your energy, productivity and focus.  Having longer breaks will refresh your mind and give you a greater perspective on your most important work.

Summing up

We all have too much to do from time to time.  If you feel like you’re doing too much, it’s time to get some perspective on where you want to focus your time and energy.

When you have too much to do, get clarity on your goals, identify your priorities and be intentional about where to invest your time.  Hopefully these tips will help.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

What do you do when you have too much to do and a lack of time to do it in?

Let me know in the comments.

Further reading 

5 ways to overcome procrastination 

8 time management tips to manage time effectively 

7 actions to take when you feel stuck 

About the Author

Mark Pettit is a time management coach based in Colchester, Essex, UK.  He is the Founder of time management coaching company Lucemi Consulting.  Mark provides time management coaching programs to entrepreneurs and business owners in London, Essex, Suffolk, and across the UK and US.

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