During the pandemic, many people are finding themselves overwhelmed. They’re pushed to the edge with family responsibilities, health concerns, homeschooling and working from home.
If you find yourself at this place, start by creating a list. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and jot down all of the things you need to take care of. Then, write down the amount of time you think each task will take. From there, take a look at your schedule to see when you can complete the tasks.
Often, when I reach the point of feeling overwhelmed, I will set a goal that is one or two steps below what I think I can achieve. Backing the goal down gives me the breathing room I need to accomplish the other items on my list and do them well.
It’s a great idea to push yourself. But sometimes, if you push too hard, you will fail to meet the goal. Normally, that can be a good thing as it can drive you forward. If you’ve reached the point of being overwhelmed, feeling like you’re failing will only make it worse.
Remember, this is a crazy year. Every day feels more unbelievable than the last. Your job during this time is to keep things calm and on track.
When it comes to your career, if you can, try to keep moving on your everyday goals. There are many things you can do that don’t take much time. You can update your LinkedIn profile. You can revamp your resume. Or, you can attend a seminar virtually. There are many conferences that have moved online this year.
Whatever you do, don’t do everything at once. And if someone asks you what new hobbies you’ve learned or what new goals you’ve set, remember that it’s not a competition. A pandemic is not an opportunity to prove anything to anyone. It’s time to stay physically healthy and mentally stable.