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How to Make Your Life Less Overwhelming (Ep. 22)

Life moves fast when you don’t have any time to appreciate it.

This is something I think about a lot, and it’s a problem I find myself coming back to over and over again: it’s too easy to find oneself overwhelmed.

Part of this is probably my fault, but I don’t seem to be alone in this feeling. It’s too easy to say yes to new things, too hard to say no. But even after saying no, it’s still hard to find a good moment for focus, or even just a moment to be still.

We talk about how we’ve been or would like to try handling this in our own lives, and by extension, how you might go about lessening the burden of overwhelm in your own.

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  • 0:00:00 – Intro
  • 0:02:24 – What we’ve been up to
  • 0:14:12 – Rejecting the any-benefit approach
  • 0:20:59 – Structuring and sticking to your routines
  • 0:29:01 – Sponsor: CuriosityStream (Watching documentaries)
  • 0:31:10 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:32:43 – Prioritizing and focusing
  • 0:58:19 – Delegating and not feeling obligated to do something
  • 1:12:06 – Conclusion

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