The results are in!
your overwhelm type is:
The Organiser/ Busy Bee
When you’re in your full power, you’re a natural Organiser.
When overwhelm strikes, this can tip over into becoming a Busy Bee.
Let's Dig Deeper...
The Organiser -
You, sweet friend, are the Can-Do Queen. You can get anything done. You’re hugely productive, can manage anything that’s thrown at you, and work harder than anyone.
Whether it’s organising a school fête, managing a huge project, getting the gang together for a night out, or throwing the best birthday party the world has ever seen, you can pull it off with aplomb. (Seriously, workplaces and friendship groups would crumble if it weren’t for people like you!)
Resourceful, practical, organised — people look at how much you get done with awe. It might be second nature to you, but most people can’t do what you do!
The Busy Bee -
When overwhelm strikes, your engine shifts into overdrive and there's no turning it off. It's go-go-go, do-do-do, until you're running on fumes.
You wear your busyness like a badge of honour, but let's face it, it's a double-edged sword.
Others marvel at your Energizer Bunny-levels of stamina, but the truth is, it can feel really hard for you to stop and relax.
Somewhere along the line, you seem to have picked up the idea that your worth is measured by your productivity and that resting is a luxury you need to ‘earn’ — or worse, a sign of laziness.
The result? Pure, unfiltered exhaustion. You might try to take a breather, but there’s always one more deadline to meet or one more basket of laundry to do.
Adding to this perfect storm is the fact that you’ve forgotten what you used to do with your time off. So if you *do* happen to miraculously get some free time to yourself, you literally don’t know what to do with it…. so you just busy yourself with more work.
It's a draining cycle, but there’s good news: it's one you can break.
Understanding how to manage this balance between your remarkable ability to get things done and your tendency to push yourself to exhaustion is crucial for breaking your unique overwhelm cycle.
The goal isn’t to deny any of the parts that make you you. Instead, we want to help you find ways to thrive, so that you don’t keep defaulting to the patterns that deplete you and get you stuck in survival mode.
Red Flags for the
Organiser / Busy Bee
Look out for these warnings signs that you’re headed for overwhelm:
You start feeling resentful about all the things you have to do. You might also feel resentful of the people asking you to do stuff. (Seriously, don’t they realise how much you’ve already got on your plate?!)
Your to-do list feels futile. It seems like no matter how hard you work, you never make any headway.
You want to multitask *everything*. Everything starts feeling really urgent, and you wish you could do it all at once. Focusing on one thing only can feel like a waste of precious time.
3 Simple steps to stop the slide into overwhelm
Or to climb back out if you're deep in it!
Learn how to say no! You’re being crushed because there’s too much on your plate — and you’re the only one who can put a stop to it. Saying no can feel SUPER tough, so let’s arm you with a script for the next time someone asks you to do something you don’t have bandwidth for or don’t want to do:
“I really appreciate you asking me, but I can’t swing that right now. Can we circle back next month / term / year?”
Take charge of your to-do list. You are not a robot and you don’t have to perform like one — you’re allowed to create some space for yourself. Take a look at your to-do list right now and ask yourself: “What 3 tasks can I scrap right now?”
Maybe you delegate them, maybe you postpone them, or maybe you just… let them go! #liberating
Create space in your calendar. Look at your calendar and identify 1-3 engagements you can “back out of” (a.k.a. 1-3 opportunities to prioritise YOU).
Again, I know this can feel really tough, so here’s some wording for you:
“Unfortunately we’ve had to reconsider our family schedule, so I can no longer do this. Thanks for thinking of me, and hopefully we can make it work next time.”
Be gentle with yourself on this journey. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your overwhelm.
But by taking small, simple steps in the right direction, you can make a BIG difference to how you feel day to day.
How does all that feel, lady?
Does it resonate? Does it hit home? Do you feel seen?!
It’s important to remember, our Overwhelm Type isn’t who we are, it’s just the pattern we get stuck in when overwhelm hits.
It’s also not set in stone: there are SO many steps you can take to turn the tables on overwhelm and get back in control — with ease, on your own terms, in your own time.
I’ll be sharing some simple but genius strategies with you in your inbox over the next few weeks, so stay very tuned.
In the meantime, if you’re itching to dive deeper straight away, you can check out the podcast links below.
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Want to see if another Overwhelm Type is a better fit?
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The Strategist/ Overanalyser
The Organiser/ Busy Bee
The Nurturer/ Overgiver
The Pillar/ Carrier
The Leader/ Perfectionist
About Lisa Corduff
Hey! I’m Lisa. I’ve spent the past 10 years working with tens of thousands of women to create real and lasting change in their lives using practical mindset strategies (and a stack of inspiration!)
I know what it’s like to have a lot on your plate — I’m a solo mum to three small humans, as well as an entrepreneur and podcaster.
So you can bet that everything I share is stuff that’s simple and doable (no matter what season of life you’re in).
Oh, and also? It freaking works. #thankgoodness