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Good morning on this beautiful Monday!  How’s work?

I’m willing to bet when someone asks you this, many of you respond with one of these answers.  “I don’t know,” “It’s been busy”  “There’s a lot going on”.  “It’s crazy right now”  “I’ve been overwhelmed”


I’m sorry to hear you’ve been feeling this way.  That’s tough!  Because I’ll bet when you think these things, you end up feeling discouraged.  Depleted.  Exhausted.  Right?  I thought so.

Do you want to feel better?

When you feel discouraged, depleted or exhausted what do you do?

Do you spend time talking about how crazy it is; How busy you are; How overwhelmed?  Do you scroll social media, get snacks, or get coffee?  I’m guessing sometimes you look at the to-do list over and over, and you spin in “I don’t know where to start”.  You rush through what you are doing.  You frantically try to do many things at once (reading emails, working on a PowerPoint, answering chats, while in a meeting).

Unfortunately, these very common actions that come from being discouraged or overwhelmed end up keeping you overwhelmed and confused.   It’s not fair, but talking about how crazy things are will keep things crazy.  Talking about being busy feels busy.  Frantically trying to do many actions simultaneously can feel like drowning in action. 

How do you escape the busy trap?

There is a simple technique that will help you a lot with this and will improve your week.  It involves a little self-awareness.  It takes practice.  You will want to be very kind to yourself while you work on it.

You will do three things any time someone asks you “How’s work?”

1. Catch yourself starting to say you are”busy,” “overwhelmed,” or “drowning.”

2. Kindly remind yourself that it isn’t helpful to say these things.

3. Try saying, “My days have been full but I’m choosing to work on good things”.

This one simple shift will improve your mood

and remind you there are good things happening in your day.

This one change can have a big impact to improve your day. Why not give it a try?

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