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Day # 1 of the Virtual Book Tour for No Problem: The Upside of Saying No

A really warm welcome to the Virtual Book Tour Celebration
for my book
"No Problem. The Upside of Saying No"!


My book has been on the shelves and at online stores like Amazon and Barnes and Noble for almost a year, and I simply can't believe how the time has flown. In celebration of almost a year that's gone by since it's release, I'm embarking on this fun journey around the world.

So what on earth is a Virtual Book Tour?

You know how authors go to book shops to do a talk and book signing? I did a few of those right after the book was published. Thing is - it requires traveling and being at a specific place, at a specific time - for both the author and the readers.

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Hitting Point Overwhelm


Written by Susan Schoening

I have had quite a few comments from clients and friends asking why I have been so quiet on the "writing of posts" front, as opposed to taking the easy way out and sharing "others' posts" ... which I have been really guilty of over the past few months in general, and this month in particular.

I could say I have been really busy (which is true), or that life is chaotic at the moment (also true) or that I am so tired after a day resonant with chasing my tail (you know how that feels!) that all I can do is fall into bed, without a creative thought in my head. But that for me feels as though I am buying into the excuses and allowing the excuses to drive my daily schedule, as opposed to ME driving my days consciously and constructively.

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Stop the Overwhelm Part 1

Case Study

b2ap3_thumbnail_Overwhelm.jpgThe lounge is a mess, the garage even worse. Admin hasn’t been done for a month. I need to reply to about 20 emails from clients and workshop participants. The grocery cupboards are bare. It feels like I have 1,000 things on my to-do list. All of them are swimming in circles in my head, making me really crazy, contributing to a huge sense of panic and “I’ll never get it all done!” My stomach is in a knot, my heart is racing and my mind keeps jumping through all the things I haven’t done yet. And at the same time it feels like I cannot concentrate on one thing long enough to start doing it. Where do I start with this mess?

A sense of overwhelm is so unpleasant and unproductive! In my experience, it can also lead to procrastination. The mountain of tasks seem so huge that we can’t even begin to think where to start sorting through it all… and then the easiest is to ignore the mountainous list and escape with a nap or a book! Have you felt like this?

Where does overwhelm come from?

Overwhelm normally stems from the sense or the thought that ALL those tasks on my to-do-list are equally important, and all of them have to be completed today.

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Learning that I have Limits


I am slowly learning the value of pacing myself with tasks and appointments. I'm very slowly learning and accepting that just because someone else can work with many clients per day, does not mean that I should be able to do the same. 

I'm learning the value of acknowledging and respecting my limits where it comes to "output". 

In the two recent weeks, I over-scheduled "talking" appointments. By that I mean appointments where I have to do a lot of talking, like working with a client, or even lunch with a friend. And by Friday (two weeks in a row) I was finished. My energy was low and enthusiasm only a trickle...

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“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” - Chinese Proverb

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