It's Never Too Early--photo by David Clemens, 2015

It’s Never Too Early–photo by David Clemens, 2015


David Clemens wakes sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. every morning. The 8:00 a.m. happens only if he is successful at coming back to bed for a bit of a snooze before really getting up. So most of the time he is up at 5:30 a.m.  This NEVER happens with me.  I consider waking at 8:00 a.m. to be getting up early. So for me there is a “too early” for anything. When I do wake up my mind is reeling with all I have on my schedule every single day! I wake up overwhelmed!

“but there was nothing I could do to dim the supernovae exploding inside my brain, an endless chain of intra cranial firecrackers”
― John Green

I get my coffee and read my emails and then go to Facebook and spend way too much time and then decide I should move and give my butt a break but wait! I need to write a blog, I need to study some more, I need to paint, I need to work on my book, I need to crochet, I need to write my speech, I need to work on the papers for Kind Women, I need to knit, I need to ——– you see my overwhelm list is about things I need to sit on my butt and do!

“I had some terrific experiences in the wilderness since I wrote you last – overpowering, overwhelming,” he gushed to his friend Cornel Tengel. “But since then I am always being overwhelmed. I require it to sustain life.

Everett Ruess”
― Jon KrakauerInto the Wild

AND this is me.  I have terrific experiences that are overwhelming sometimes and I write about them for you–if I’m honest really for me because I like to write. But still, many times I spend my day, feeling overwhelmed about all the things I have to do and so I sit and work a puzzle or watch TV or hang out on Facebook and ignore the overwhelm because it leaves me feeling–overwhelmed!

So today I woke up

And checked my email and found a terrific video from my friend Marie Forleo about being overwhelmed! Now, don’t get too excited—I’m not going to do the 10-day Detox she talks about. I’m still going to have cream and sugar in my coffee.  Let’s not get crazy here!


I am going to detox my schedule somewhat so that I can get more done and have fewer decisions to make.  For me this is going to look like this:

Get up, get out of bed
Get my coffee with cream and sugar
Read my emails
Write a blog post
Eat breakfast
Check Facebook for maximum 20 minutes
Write for 2-4 hours
Coach clients as scheduled
Set aside days and hours for bills and the mundane
PLAY in my paints
Or my yarns until dinner time
Or time to be a nurse practitioner all night
Check Facebook for maximum 20 minutes
Maybe throw in a walk on the treadmill
Read for 1-2 hours

That’s my decision detox to get me out of overwhelm. It still seems like a lot and I’m going to keep paring it down. It is easy for me to get into overwhelm mode. What about you?

Here’s Marie’s Video—maybe it will help your overwhelm:


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