Overwhelm means to crush, submerge or destroy. Overwhelm derails your ability to manage well. It is a powerful energy that often comes quietly. You try to get just one more thing done. You think you can do what you can’t. The result: overwhelm overtakes you.
What’s the antidote? Prevent it. Be aware of your stress level and the signs you are going into overwhelm. When you see overwhelm approaching, end run it. Stop, plan and execute.
Sometimes you just need to regain your center, lower your stress level and you can proceed. Other times you may have to lay it out to your team. “Here’s what’s on our plate. What can we get done.” Other times, you have to throw the ball to your boss to set priorities. When you need them to, let management make the hard choices and set priorities with you.