The Very Definition of Overwhelm

Shawn Blanc writes about feeling overwhelmed.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then perhaps you feel as though you have been given too much. In fact, you’ve been given so much that you’re to the point of feeling buried and drown beneath a huge mass of stuff — from urgent issues, undone tasks, incoming requests of your time and energy, and more. And as a result you feel overpowered and defeated.

His idea to combat this feeling is to create a to-do matrix.

I’m not a fan of this, but I get it. He says it allows you to know exactly what you’re in charge of and so you can then prioritize accordingly. In my experience, even if you aren’t in charge of something or the owner” you still have to do it. You still have to get it all done.

It doesn’t make the overwhelmed feeling disappear. It only organizes it into a game of responsibility four square. I don’t find this concept liberating at all.

October 5, 2018


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