Have you ever felt overwhelmed at the end of the day?
Mind is tired, energy is down. It may seem normal, but it is not.
There is one specific reason why this happens, and it is a reason that - with the right tools - can be turned around to finally give you the mental efficiency you desire.
Imagine you receive a delivery every day. A surprise box with something you are usually not expecting, although at times you may guess what it may be.
Every single day.
There are two cases. First case is you know exactly where to place the content of the box, because you have the space for it in your home, so you unbox it and that’s it. Unfortunately this is extremely rare.
Second case: the box contains something you are not sure where to place, because it doesn’t belong to any category you have at home. You don’t know how to tidy it. But you know it is something that you need and that can be very helpful. So you place the box in a corner and wait.
Next day, a new box. Same situation, a new box to place in your living room.
Third day. Fourth day. Fifth day. And so on. A new box… Every. Single. Day.
At a certain point, you necessarily will feel overwhelmed by all the boxes that are populating your home. It will almost feel hard to walk around because of how many boxes there are.
If only you had learned where to place the content of those boxes, your home would be so tidy!
Well, as you may have imagined, there is no home to keep tidier than your brain.
When your brain is tired, it is always a matter of creating order inside it.
The mistake most people make is to try and add more things to their already cluttered home...
...When the best strategy would be to create the right space and learn how to tidy any new information that you receive every day.
Because, in case you were wondering, every day we do receive that box. It is not in the form of a package though, but in the form of hundreds of inputs.
Emails to read. Meetings to attend. Presentations to prepare. Articles to research.
Constant inputs that we need to acquire, process, select and reorganise.
Either you learn how to do all of this in the best way for your unique learning characteristics, or you may feel overwhelmed, tired, and always a bit behind.
No one’s to blame for this. We have never been taught how to recognise our own learning profile and how to then use it to acquire, process and apply any piece of knowledge to our advantage.