Are you still feeling scattered and overwhelmed  — even if you feel that you should be “over it” by now?

You’re not alone.

Although pandemic-style living almost feels “normal” after all this time, our stress levels are still sky high. Between COVID-19 concerns, worrying about our loved ones, social injustice, and wondering if it’s safe to get a haircut — our brains our full.

And that means coming to terms with certain realties:

The workload you could handle in January is probably not the same workload you can handle now — no matter how good you are.

Your energy levels will be up and down, even assuming you take care of yourself, eat well, and exercise.

There will be some days that you just don’t want to deal (for me, that was last Monday.) You can work those days, but in fits and starts.

Sound familiar?

There’s nothing wrong with you.

You’re not a bad writer because you “can’t handle it.”

There is nothing wrong with you if you’re not finishing everything on your to-do list. Let’s face it — your list was probably too long in the first place. 🙂 

It’s OK if you realize that you’re way too overwhelmed to dive into a content strategy. Or research keyphrases. Or reverse-engineer why a competitor’s site is positioning. Or send one more email explaining why buying links is bad, even if it’s from a reputable company (oops.)

Your brain just needs a little break.  

When you’re feeling like this, choose one thing a day that you want to complete — and focus on that. Anything else you get done is a bonus.

For me, I focus on things that bring money in the door. Other people focus on passion projects. Whatever makes you happy, moves you forward, and calms your brain. So in a perfect world, you can help your brain feel like this…just for a little bit.

Nice, eh?