When you’re overwhelmed, don’t start with the low hanging fruit

Start with the big rocks, the most important things in your life. Look to what you think are luxuries that if you only had the time to do them, you would.

The reason we don’t usually have time to do those things is because we start with the low hanging fruit: the stuff that we categorize as the less important pieces that won’t take long, that don’t take up mental space, that are low risk, that someone asked us to do a quick favor for, so that we can get them all out of the way and clear our plate for the good stuff.

The clearing never comes.

Start with the good stuff, the hard stuff, the rewarding stuff that feeds you. Leaving the “door” open to check emails, shoot back a quick text, take a quick look at your Instagram, take a call, and other small stuff is detrimentally big because they take your mind away from the depths of creativity and into rapid busyness, and it takes more time than you think to bring the mind back into the space it needs to be.

When the big stuff gets its due space, even if it’s the most difficult thing you’ve done, the soul takes over and overwhelm subsides, because you are fed, your actions elevated self-worth, and the busyness gets put in its proper place. When time then becomes limited, the small stuff fall away, get delegated, and reprioritized. Not your life.

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