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Feeling stressed and overwhelmed by your to-do list? These simple steps will help you to stay organized during these times — number 5 might surprise you!

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed by your to-do list? These simple steps will help you to stay organized during these times -- number 5 might surprise you! #organizingtips

Hello! It’s Bev again from Linkouture. Today I have some great organizing tips for when you’re overwhelmed…something I think many of us can relate to!

Do you ever have those days (or weeks) where you feel like you have too much to do and not enough hours in the day to get it all done? Hopefully you don’t feel like that most days, but I think we all have those moments where we realize our plates are overflowing and we feel completely overwhelmed.

I definitely had a few weeks of that at the beginning of the month. In a span of two weeks I had two crafts shows where I was selling my jewelry, one of which was over an hour away; a custom necklace to make; three freelance articles and two guest posts to write; plus my own blog to maintain. In the midst of it I also launched a self-care ebook for busy moms I had been writing and working on for several months. Not to mention the usual household chores to get done and my almost 2-year-old daughter to watch four days a week.

To say I was stressed is an understatement, and I was beginning to wonder how I was possibly going to get it all done.

I’m sure you’ve been there!

Thankfully, after a couple tense weeks and a few nights where I definitely did not get enough sleep, I managed to survive and magically get everything done. Well, almost. I’ll admit my house was a bit of a disaster during this time. This is how I was able to keep on top of everything and stay organized, and (mostly) maintain my sanity during this time.

Write down everything you have to get done

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you have an endless to-do list running through your head. Writing everything down — and I mean everything, including eating! — will help you to feel more organized and help ensure that you don’t forget anything. I personally use Evernote, where I keep a running to-do notebook, but you can also do it on Google Docs. With both you can easily access them from both your computer and your phone. You can check them off and see you’ve made, which can be super motivating when you have a lot to do.

Break things down into smaller chunks

Instead of “launch ebook,” I wrote down every single step I needed to take to get me there, from writing blog posts to scheduling social media. It helps to make large, otherwise daunting tasks both more manageable and tangible, and helps you keep track of what you need to do next.

Set deadlines & reminders in your calendar

Use your online calendar to write down deadlines and send you alerts as you approach them so you don’t accidentally forget to to do something.


As much as possible, do things in the order that they need to get done, and finish them so that they aren’t hanging over your head.

Do something to take care of yourself

This may seem strange as a tip for staying organized, but for your brain to properly function it needs some rest. It’s difficult to focus and remember things when you are tired, haven’t had enough to drink or aren’t eating well, or haven’t moved your body. You may find that afterwards you feel refreshed and energized after stepping away from your work, not to mention more focused. Do something that you enjoy — go for a walk, do something creative, listen to some music — that takes you away from you work and is all about you.

How do you stay organized when you are feeling overwhelmed?

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed by your to-do list? These simple steps will help you to stay organized during these times -- number 5 might surprise you! #organizingtips


Monday 9th of November 2015

Such great points. Sometimes that's the only way I can get things done is to break into chunks. A little bit at a time and you feel like you can get it done. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty


Wednesday 4th of November 2015

Prioritizing and writing stuff down so you don't forget are my essentials too, otherwise I forget stuff!

Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday


Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing. I love do a brain dump and write everything down in a notebook, then go forward from there.


Monday 2nd of November 2015

Since moving, I haven't had a calendar or my special lists that in the past helped kept me sane. I'm a paper girl, I need it on paper... I know, I know, we live in a digital world, but I feel better when I scratch things off my list. I'm returning to my list making days TODAY. XOXO

Bev Feldman (@Linkouture)

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

I'm totally with you on the paper. I will say, though, I do much a better job keeping track of my to-do list when it's virtual. I used to write my to-dos on my hand and/or tiny pieces of paper that I would inevitably misplace. ;-)

Linda @AsWeSawIt

Sunday 1st of November 2015

I have found that the Momentum extension for Chrome is really useful. It's a great place to list the day's top goal as well as all the day's To Dos.

As your home page, every time you open a new tab it will be a reminder to stay on task. Plus, you can check your tasks off one by one - and seeing them crossed off on the screen adds to the feeling of accomplishment.

Bev Feldman (@Linkouture)

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

Ooh, I'll have to check out this extension, especially since I use Chrome. I like the idea of having a reminder every time I open a new tab. I use Evernote to write my to-dos, and I totally agree about that sense of accomplishment every time you check off a box for something you completed.