How to overcome overwhelm with play


Overwhelm is ready to take over any time we try to accomplish something big we (or someone who signs the checks) care about.

The solution? Make it as small and meaningless as you can.

Small: Tight boundaries make the best playgrounds. Limit yourself to one thing, one minute, one task, one day, anything. The words ‘limitless’ and ‘overwhelm’ are practically married.

Meaningless: We play best when it doesn’t matter. If you break something big down into small enough chunks, each separate little chunk feels like ‘no big deal’. For example if that giant chocolate chip cookie is overwhelming, try breaking it down into 2,000 chunks of 1 calorie each. See? No big deal.

Play your way through overwhelm – keep it small, keep it meaningless.

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