Sometimes productivity requires a lot of momentum. The overwhelming part is how to build that momentum.
Constantly moving projects forward can be a challenge. It is way too easy to come to a screeching halt when the first roadblock or realization that time is getting short happens.
Instead of relying on fight or flight opt for doing the easy stuff, for a while. If you fight it you will end up doing things and then second guessing yourself or having to do them over. If you choose flight you will never get anything done because over time flight turns into avoidance.
The more productive choice is to change direction, focus on a few of the easy tasks involved. That will create the forward motion to carry you forward. Those easy tasks will recharge your momentum and often lead to new information that will guide you through the harder stuff too.
When you begin to feel overwhelmed, take a breath, put down the thing that caused the stress and look for an easier decision to make. You will come back when you have the space and information to make it.
Here are a few places to spot the easy things. Some of them will jump-start and some will restart a stalled project. In either case, small easy decisions make larger ones easier.
Planning an event? Start off by choosing the date and time. Then choose the concept and title of your event. These two easy steps will inform all other steps in the process and will keep the whole project on track. Now when you speak to the venue options, you have parameters for the estimates and goals to measure the offers against.
Weeding out the pantry? Remove all the expired items, and then remove all the items that are not healthy. Next set up the food you are keeping by category and limiting the space you allocate for snacks.
Clearing out the closet? Pull out the ripped and stained items first. Then put like things together and remove your least favorite of each category. Third, take out all the items that are 2 sizes away from your current shape.
Clearing craft room clutter? Eliminate your least favorite tools and all the dried out or separated goo. Review what’s left and donate the still redundant items.
Every little bit crossed off a list or removed from your space and sent out to the universe so the person looking for it will find it creates the space you need to take on the harder stuff.