When I feel overwhelmed and overworked, I recognize that my attitude is affecting everyone that I encounter. Hiding a negative attitude is difficult.
Of course, negativity has some benefits. In order to have a solution you must first have a problem. Much of the innovation in the world came from someone being annoyed by something that wasn’t working right.
When your frustration is a reflection of your mental state, however, that is different. I often tell myself that being frustrated is selfish, and I try to let go of my frustration as quickly as possible. But there are times that I get overwhelmed with my commitments for the day or the week. My attitude becomes negative.
For me, I think the worst days are when I struggle giving my time to others. Some days I need to give my full attention to my deadlines. Then when things don’t go according to plan, my attitude really begins to suffer.
I guess we all have days like that. Here are some thoughts on how to fix those days.
Talk with someone
Sharing my burdens help me get things in perspective. My self-imposed deadlines are usually not as important as I thought. Sharing frustrations is a great method to clear your mind and move forward. And you never know, they might see something you don’t that can help you feel better!
Share your calendar and to-do list
Publishing your schedules and tasks with your team, your co-workers, and your family can open the door for shared responsibilities. On days when you have time, you can help others with their schedule and tasks. On days when you need help, maybe others will come to your rescue. Creating and sharing goals creates this opportunity. It can work great in all facets of life—from your work, to your home, to your community.
Sometimes the most obvious answer is in the hearts, minds, and labor of other people. Find your needed resources and enlist their help. This is best as a long term solution. It is difficult to recruit help when you have no time. It is hard to teach someone what you need done if you are behind yourself. But if you can strategically develop resources that can help you at critical times, this approach can pay dividends for a long time.
Find a win to celebrate
Everyone loves a reason to be happy. Celebrating a small win is just what you need to alter your attitude from negative to positive. Sometimes all you need is a small push to overcome those negative feelings. I find that I have to seek these opportunities.
Here are a few quotes that may make a difference:
“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” —Herm Albright
“There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.” —William Bennett
“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” —Kahlil Gibran
“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.” —Helen Keller
Next time you are frustrated and overwhelmed, put a smile on your face, and give these ideas a try.
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