First there’s stress. And then overwhelm. When faced with so many tasks, we can become paralyzed at what we have to do.

The next time you find yourself in the midst of a stressful situation, take a moment to get perspective. It can be helpful to prioritize and categorize what needs to get done.

Ask yourself two critical questions:

  1. Is this a high priority item or a low priority item?
  2. Is this easy to change or difficult to change?

When you take the time to reflect the answers to these questions, you can better determine where you need to focus your time and energy.

Completing low priority tasks can keep you busy, but not productive. And if you only have a moment, you may not be able to complete a task that is difficult or time consuming to change. That would be best left when you have the appropriate time and resources.

Not every task or situation is worth the attention we give it. Many times, we stress over things that really don’t matter, or things we can’t change.

We can learn to accept and even enjoy things we cannot change; like gravity, for example. We can’t fight or change gravity. But we can learn to harness gravity to have fun – like going skydiving or skiing.