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Simple and effective way to deal with overwhelm, setbacks and challenges

Being able to deal effectively with feeling overwhelmed, setbacks and challenges is important so that you don’t get stuck in a rut that stops you from thriving with what matters most to you.

Life, work and business can start to feel like something to survive rather than something to thrive in when you hit a wall of overwhelm, setbacks and challenges.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

There is a simple and effective way to deal with those things that makes a big and positive difference.

The strategy I am talking about is this:

Back…..to…..basics.

Taking a back to basics approach allows for strong foundations to be put in place on which to build.

It simplifies things. Overwhelm, setbacks and challenges don’t thrive where simplicity lives.

Simplicity liberates. Complexity kills.

There is power in simplicity which is what a back to basics approach embodies.

I have seen the power and effectiveness of implementing this approach not only in my own life, work and business, but I have also watched many clients over the years achieve significant benefits by implementing a back to basics strategy.

Back to basics is all about getting back to focussing on the core of what matters most and eliminating or reducing what matters less.

Here are some examples:

  • You feel over-busy – you get back to basics by choosing to clear your schedule of everything that doesn’t class as a necessity or contribute to what matters most. You set limits as to how much you can take on each day, week and month and you put boundaries in place to protect that. You take back control of your time by simplifying the living daylights out of everything.
  • You feel overwhelmed with financial challenges – you get back to basics by starting to live well within your means. You buy only necessities (sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but rarely is another pair of shoes a necessity!). You set budgets and account for where every cent goes every week. You set and implement rules, boundaries and a plan and stick to it.
  • You are working on a lot of goals but feel you aren’t achieving them, or your most important goals are suffering – to get back to basics you reduce the number of goals you are working on so you can achieve the most important ones successfully.
  • You feel tired, stressed, exhausted and low in mental and physical energy – you get back to basics by prioritising things that contribute to self care and wellbeing, like sleep, exercise, nutrition. You define new habits to bust the old habits that contribute to this problem.

Take some time to assess how a back to basics strategy would help you to deal with overwhelm, setbacks and challenges. To help you with that, here is a five step process to use as a guide:

Step 1 – identify the cause of what is making you feel overwhelmed or the source of the setbacks and challenges you face.

Step 2 –define what back to basics looks like for the area you are focussing on.

Step 3 – challenge yourself to look for ways to simplify that whole thing.

Step 4 – create an action plan to implement your back to basics strategy.

Step 5 – put boundaries in place to support you as you move forward.

Make back to basics a default way of being. Embrace simplicity and reap the many benefits that come from this simple but effective strategy.

What other areas of your life, work and business would benefit from a back to basics approach?

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  • Mimi HomewithMimi

    This is great advice. We sometimes load ourselves up with so many unnecessary tasks and responsibilities. It’s okay to step back and get back to basics. Great post!

  • You have hit the nail on the head there Mimi, when you use the word “unneccessary.” That is so often the case. Getting back to what is essential and what matters most brings many benefits on many different levels.

  • Sue Loncaric

    Love this post and it reaffirms my word of the year which was ‘Simplify’. I wanted to simplify all areas of my life so I could stop feeling like I was on a treadmill. We can get so caught up with life that we forget to enjoy ourselves. I really liked your strategies and will certainly be adopting them. Have a great weekend!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

  • Sue, love your word of the year. Simplicity is one of my core values. Building all areas of life and work around it has so many benefits on so many different levels.

  • Katy Kozee

    Really liked your take on the subject – it’s so easy to know that you feel overwhelmed but not even be conscious of why. This was a really helpful reminder that we need to pay attention to what’s causing our emotions in order to take care of them.

  • I am delighted you found it useful Katy.