How many hats do you wear?

For most of us, wearing more than “one hat” is pretty common practice these days.  We play multiple roles – both at work and in our personal lives – that require us to be butcher, baker, and candlestick maker along with about twenty other things at the same time. Trying to balance all of those hats can be overwhelming. What happens when that pile of hats gets to tall? It falls; leaving “hats” all over the place. So what’s a person to do?

Take control. Establish priorities and determine which of your tasks are the most important, what needs to get done first, what can wait, what’s negotiable. Put things into perspective and remember – priorities do not run horizontal and nobody said it would be easy.

Break things down to parts that are manageable; one step at a time and be realistic about expectations of time. Then do it! Take action. Why? When we let ourselves get overwhelmed, we get stuck. We spend so much time stressing out about all we have to do that we don’t do anything and that makes us more stressed and farther behind.

Lighten up. Laughter is a great stress reliever and it’s healthy. Sure what you are doing is serious business but allow yourself to take a breather, clear your head,  walk away from it for a little while, listen to music, sing, whatever. When you come back to it, you’ll be surprised at how much more productive you are.

Ask for help. Really? How many times did you need help but didn’t ask for it because you didn’t want others to think you couldn’t handle things; didn’t want them to think less of you? Not smart. We all need help from time to time. That’s just the way it is.

So next time you feel the tower of hats on your head starting to tilt, take control. You don’t want the Mad Hatter to think you’ve lost your “muchness."

Posted by MJ Thomas

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