How often do you find yourself uttering the phrase “I’m swamped.” Or perhaps you feel like you are too busy or you just don’t have the time to do one more thing -sound familiar?
In a recent article by LEA MCLEOD, M.A called the 3 Phrases that Actually Make You Feel Overwhelmed, McLeod speaks to the “swamped” feeling.
This used to be a favorite of mine. Invite me to lunch? Can’t, I’m swamped. Take Friday off? No way, I’m swamped.
But now, I stay away from this one. If I keep saying I’m swamped, then I feel, well, swamped. I’m simply reinforcing the feeling of being overwhelmed, whether I truly am or not.
Instead, stay realistic about your workload — even if it’s a bit overwhelming. Try phrases like, “I’ve got a lot to do right now, but I know I’ll complete it all on time,” “This is a huge project, but if I break it into smaller pieces it’ll be less overwhelming,” or, “There’s a lot on my plate, and I need time away to recharge. Taking Friday off will be good for me.”
In the article, McLeod recommends turning the negative phrases of “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have time for that” into opportunities to evaluate how we use our time. She also suggests that we turn the negative phrases into more productive, positive statements.
If you remember reading the wildly popular book The Secret, the author, Rhonda Byrne, of that book also recommend turning our negative thoughts into positive statements; suggesting that we put out to the universe our desires rather than our frustrations.
Looking in the mirror and saying “I’m so old” or “fat” or “wrinkled” only keeps that negative thought in our brain; allowing our inner voice to repeat the bad thoughts rather than focusing on the positive.
If you are feel too busy or overwhelmed, it may be time to look at how you approach your task list for the day. Are you multi-tasking – which is really just a clever juggling act or are you Eating That Frog like Brian Tracy suggests in his book of the same title; tackling the biggest, ugliest task at the start of the day when you are fresh.
McLeod suggests that we keep an eye out for these negative sayings in the coming days and weeks and find ways to turn them into more positive statements:
The way you talk about yourself and your workplace has a huge influence on your stress level — and ultimately, your satisfaction. Watch for these three sayings this week, and see how you can change it up, reduce your stress and relieve some of the pressure.
What statement do you find yourself saying? How might you rethink the situation to be more positive?