When Your Week Moves Too Fast

One of those weeks. Moving too fast.

Writing deadline. Crafting a keynote. Chasing logistics. Designing new workshops. Personal stuff with colleagues who matter. That was my week.

You know how it goes. New information flies in before you can respond to the old one. Shifting gears, readjusting, every moment, at high speed.

Your brain is about to spin.

Too fast.

You remember what they taught in time management class. Prioritize your commitments. Bundle tasks. Delegate. Take a break.

Sure, you believe in that stuff. This week it all seems just a little too cute. Not working.

When the stuff you think you should do isn’t working, try the stuff that will.

  1. Accept it.

Let go of the notion that this will be a balanced week. It’s not the week you got. Do not fight it, do not resist it, do not try to change it. Accept it. I mean, FULLY accept it. Board this week’s train. Ride it.

  1. Fuel yourself.

A break would be brilliant. It’s not going to happen. When we don’t break we tend to also not fuel ourselves. FUEL YOURSELF. Consistently. With water, with nutrition, with healthy body-energy-fuel. Notice the difference it makes. Instantly.

  1. Articulate the experience.

A simple concept. When you start to feel overwhelmed, tell someone. Feeling overwhelmed.When your brain can’t think straight anymore, tell someone. Can’t think straight right now.The act of saying it lessens the very thing you feel. It also keeps you conscious of what’s going on. Because the other option – checking out – never gets us to the end of the day.

  1. STOP.

When you absolutely must STOP, STOP. Not when you habitually STOP. Not when your calendar says take a break. No. When your mind, your body tell you to STOP.

When you STOP, don’t fill it with busy activity. No facebooking, no internet-cruising, no brain-feeding of any sort. Just STOP. You’ll be surprised by how little STOP-time you need when a STOP actually is a break.

Here is your bonus option.

The moment you find yourself resenting a week that’s moving too fast – and let’s face it, we all have been to resentmentland once or twice – consider this question:

What part of the experience today could actually be fun if I let it?

Consider it. Amaze yourself.

Now go execute. And let it be.