If you aren’t familiar with the concept of “policies,” just access the sample “Wee” Weekly Workshop on putting policies into place to prevent overwhelm and you’ll have a good sense of why this is a key strategy for living a life of being ‘just whelmed.’   Here are some excellent suggestions from Just Whelmed R & D members:

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Dr. Elisa H. Barney Smith

Tuesdays (it can be any day, but I don’t have lectures on Tuesdays) are a ‘me’ day, no meetings allowed. I plan to work from home, without internet (aka email or web-surfing) or people stopping by and do whatever research or sometimes teaching projects I need to. Sometimes it is reading papers, or writing papers, sometimes it is grading papers, or writing assignments. I don’t let others schedule meetings for me on Tuesdays. It is a ‘me’ day.

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Chris Sier, Executive/Leadership Coach

To stay just whelmed has been difficult because I tend to procrastinate and things build up. I realize though it is because I either don’t want to do the task, unsure how to proceed, or distracted and forget.  I am getting much better but still a problem.

One policy that I now have is to not say “yes” when first asked to go somewhere or do something.  I used to regret that.  Now I give myself some time to think it over before I agree or disagree.

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Janine Gillespie

Make sure I know what it is I am doing and prepare well for the task you are doing.  I didn’t do assignments for a while until I got the material I needed together.  Also do a little everyday and don’t try and do too much as it is a - gets monotonous and your legs start to give way and b - your brain starts to buckle and then you panic as you can’t think! (spoken from experience and with someone with dyspraxia!!)

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Frances Aranda, PhD, MPH, MS

I use the same cooling off period when I receive an email that stirs up emotions. I have learned from past experiences it is better not to respond to an email immediately that it is better to wait until after I cool off and can formulate my thoughts.

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