In your experience with managers and executives, how often are professionals feeling overloaded and overwhelmed? Do you find that it’s a sporadic occurrence or an ongoing challenge?
Overload and overwhelm have become a way of “life” in America, especially over the last decade. So for most people it is an ongoing, persistent challenge that’s like a noose around their necks. Much of this has to do with the widespread—and expected—use of electronic devices that allow us to be accessible to others 24/7. Further, professionals’ “to-do” lists are impossibly long, leaving them with the feeling that they are never done with anything. That lack of closure creates high levels of stress that cause people to feel like they are suffocating. Between the 24/7 access factor and the giant never ending “to-do” lists folks often experience an inability to truly relax. And that’s a problem!
How can executive coaching help those who are feeling overloaded and overwhelmed?
During a coaching engagement I initially work with clients to identify their root causes of overload and overwhelm. Then we look at their personal core values, personal and professional priorities, and their company’s values and priorities. This leads to conversation around viable time management strategies. As a coach, I guide people through various processes to get underneath the real issues and then help them to proactively create a “living calendar” that serves them, their families, and their employers more efficaciously. Depending upon how long they are coaching with me, I hold clients accountable to the decisions they made. Having an accountability partner makes everything stick. When people get off track, the accountability partner facilitates the process for getting them back on the track they’ve chosen. I have found that the accountability piece makes all the difference.
Tell us about the workbook. Why did you develop it and how can it be used?
Recently I created a downloadable, easy to digest workbook that reveals 10 strategies that can help people to gain some control over their pervasive feelings of overload and overwhelm. I produced this product because I know that overwhelm is “killing” most of us today. Completely inundated with obligations, demands, and tasks, folks feel like they are swimming upstream every single day—and many secretly believe they are drowning. As a result, they are fatigued, angry, frustrated, bored, and sick. Putting one foot in front of the other with no relief in sight isn’t a life. It’s a painful existence. The strategies in the workbook and the exercises that correspond with each of them are designed to show people a way out of the craziness they’ve allowed to consume them. The beauty of this workbook lies in its structure and format: users can choose to work through it at their own pace: over a weekend, a week, a month, or several months. Whatever is appropriate for their schedules and whatever serves them best… Click here for more information.