Tuesday night I hit my max capacity. My brain couldn’t take any more information. I shut down. Walking in the door, I shook my head at D and cried “I can’t have any more thoughts or put anything else in my head today” … so we ate microwaved hot dogs and played the States version of Sequence (yes, that’s a kids game … back off!), because the thought of even watching mindless TV was more than I could handle. I probably said less than 100 words all night. He was concerned.
In the past when I’d reach this point, I’d catch a cold or get a sinus infection and be forced to rest for a few days. Now thanks to an immunity supplement and good vitamins, I haven’t been sick in over 3 years so I’m not going to get a “break” in that way … but I knew something had to give.
Signs of Overload
Fuzzy Brain – you actually lose your ability to think and sometimes speak
Urge to Cry – like it’s the only thing you CAN think about
Short Temper – every little thing pisses you smooth off
Can’t Concentrate – simple tasks take much longer than they should
Get Sick – your body’s way of saying CALM THE HELL DOWN!
I work full time as an accountant and work right now is so busy and so bizarre. I have two side/hobby businesses. My husband works shift work. There is ALWAYS something stressful going on with at least one of our five kids and my mom isn’t in great health. Plus I was trying to soak up every bit of information on how to get this blog the way I want it, how to somehow turn it into something bigger, and working on getting my books published.
So I signed up for newsletters and webinars and emails and tried to keep up with all of them. OVERLOAD!
I’m going through my email list today and unsubscribing from ones that I don’t have the time or energy to read (especially the ones from the chick that wants me to pay her thousands of dollars to help me publish a book). I’m going to stick with only 3 people for blogging and branding advice and I’m not downloading any more suggested apps or programs until I either ditch the ones I have or master how to use them.
I’m going to set aside 15 minutes at the end of each work day to read one or two of the advice emails and that’s it. It will be my smoke break, without any smoking since I don’t.
What can you scrape off today to keep from going into Overload ?
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