I just got off a call with my cohort in the Podcast Marketing Academy. The idea of overwhelm and priorities came up and I wonder if this is affecting some of you?
I have been thinking about this for a while. In fact, I started to write a blog about it earlier, but never finished it. Hopefully now I will.
Let’s go back to the early days of the pandemic. We had no idea how long it would last, but most of us optimistically believed it would be over in maybe 3-6 months. We consciously reached out to friends and family by phone, partly because we were isolated at home and partly because we wanted to be sure they were alright. Then summer of 2020 came, and we thought that as long as we were outdoors, we could get together with friends and family, so we had porch get togethers. Finally, the vaccines were available and early on after the vaccine, we thought “finally, we can get out again, maybe even go to a restaurant.”
Every time my hopes got up the news told me that there was still danger, and my inner world was rocked. So, I did what I could do to maintain some sense of order, and for me that was working on my show. I spend probably 8 hours a day (like a real job) trying to put together good content, researching, promoting, finding new guests, writing blogs, writing scripts, and many days I do not finish what is on my to-do list. In the mornings and evenings I am likely reading a book from one of my upcoming guests and making notes to prepare for their interview
But all of this intense focus means that I have lost focus on things that are important to me. Friends, family, being out in nature, dancing, gardening, listening to music. My priorities have become out of balance. Which explains the overwhelm. I heard others on the call saying much the same things. It is comforting to know that I am not alone in the feeling. It also does not fix it. This past week, I called a couple of girlfriends and just chatted. When I am feeling overwhelmed, the idea of making a non-work-related phone call could have added to my overwhelm. How could I possibly take the time for a friendly call when I have so much to do? I found that with both of these calls, I purposefully walked away from the computer, in one case sitting on my steps, in another case sitting on my couch while talking. I recognized that I felt calmer, which surprised me and delighted me. I also made a point to have individual calls with a couple of my grandkids and those calls made me smile and laugh … another delight. Granted, all of these were no more than 20-30 minute calls. Surely, I can find 20-30 minutes in my day to take a break and connect with my family and friends.
I do read, journal and walk or stretch in the morning. This routine has been part of my life for years and I have continued it. I think the overwhelm has come from losing track of my priorities. Losing connections.
I wonder if any of you are experiencing similar feelings 18+ months into the pandemic.