This summer I started feeling overwhelmed.

Like I had a ton to do, and I was always busy, but nothing important ever really got accomplished.

I felt like I was making ZERO progress.

So it was time for a change. I needed to get a better plan in place and make sure that it was productive but not overwhelming.

Here are the steps I took to turn things around. It ended up they helped me get more done!

Here is how I simplified my to-do list when I started feeling overwhelmed. Turns out this method helped me be productive and get more done!

I Narrowed My Focus

To narrow my focus, I took my long list of things to do and broke it down to just a couple things per month.

For example, with my blog I chose to focus on switching email providers and affiliate marketing for the month of July.

I did this for every month for the rest of the year. I’m sure there will be some slight adjustments, but it’s a good starting place to not have everything scheduled at once.

I Mapped Out a Plan

Next I took those few areas of focus and wrote out what I needed to do for each area. I kept in mind the time frame – I only did things that would be realistic to accomplish within a month (or two- some focus points were for more than one month.)

I keep this plan in my planner and also Google Drive, which I use all the time to keep my files organized.

I Use My Planner

I switched planners. I had been using my old planner for years.. But with the season of life I’m in right now, it just wasn’t working anymore.

So I switched to the iBloom Planner.

This one helps me set goals and tasks that are realistic and managable.

Not only that, it’s like having a personal life coach every step of the ways.

(Find out more about the iBloom planner and why I love it so much here.)

I Take It One Day at a Time

Over-planning can also be a cause of overwhelm. As much as I’d like to have everything planned out perfectly, it seems to work better to have an “outline” for the week and fill in each day as it comes. This way I can adjust as the week goes along – because you never know what each day is going to bring!

I Give Myself Grace

Finally, I make sure to give myself plenty of grace. I know I can be hard on myself when I don’t feel like I’ve been as productive as I should be and I should get more done. But all that does is produce negative attitudes.

Instead, I give myself grace – because we can’t change the past! What we can do is have a positive attitude and keep going when things don’t go as planned.

So this sums up the things I’ve done to simplify. It turns out eliminating some of the unessential has made me a whole lot more productive.

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