I went out on a limb and it worked

I started my podcast, Branding Myself, in October of 2020. I already had experience with recording sound and editing, so I figured the rest of it wouldn’t be too hard.

The hardest part for me is getting up the nerve to ask people if they’ll be on my podcast. I used to be terribly afraid of being a burden, being annoying, or asking for something that’s ridiculous. But ever since I got my first few guests on, I realized the only scary part about podcasting is the fear: the fear of messing up, the fear of my content not being good enough, the fear of being rejected.

After my first few interviews with subjects, I was feeling more confident and ready to get bigger guests on. I decided to go out on a limb, outside of my immediate social circle and I decided to ask someone who I thought might be out of my league, so to speak, if they would be on my podcast. I know this person is a busy person and they have things to do that aren’t this, but I decided that perhaps being on a podcast would be a new and beneficial experience for my subject. 

And they said yes!

That response email was so exciting to receive because I was pretty certain I just wouldn’t hear back.

I hope this story inspires you to try something that scares you, to do the things you want to do. And, even if it’s scary, if you want to ask someone for something just ask. It might work.

How to stay calm when you’re overwhelmed by tasks

Overwhelmed by tasks? Swimming in assignments and work or school obligations, with no end in sight?

Hey. Take a breath. It’s going to be okay.

Let me walk you through four ways you can stay calm and get through this thing (or these things).

As someone who’s been balancing difficult college assignments, the daily grind of work, and everything else that life has entailed for several years now, I’ve come to know what it’s like when you start to feel overwhelmed by what you have on your plate. I mean, I would say that 99% of the time, I’m cool-headed about my work and able to get it done without a lot of fuss or issues on my end. However, I have definitely had days here and there when what was ahead of me seemed like it would never be behind me and my work load was seemingly impossible to accomplish.

Here are some simple ways you can get back into action when stagnation seems more friendly than keeping momentum.

1. Ground yourself

First off, you’re going to need to ground yourself, get calm, and recognize that you can do this.

One way you can start to calm down so you can think more clearly is to take deep breaths of oxygen. Try to breathe deep as you inhale, drawing oxygen in and focusing on breathing from your stomach, not your chest, if that makes sense. 

2. Take a break (or a walk)

Sometimes, lots of work means long, consecutive hours of working. If you’ve been at it for a while, perhaps it’s time to take a step back and give yourself a break. Breaking up your day and giving you a fresh perspective are some benefits of taking breaks. Taking a walk can give you a chance to get outside, away from the place you do your work. Surprisingly, getting away from your work momentarily might be just the way to effectively get back into it.

3. Divide and conquer

It can be overwhelming to look at the whole of what you eventually need to get done. Don’t look at all of what you have to do, look at what steps you can take to get closer to finishing the project(s). Divide large tasks into smaller, more manageable steps you can take towards reaching your goal.

4. Just start

Sometimes the anticipation of doing a project can cause procrastination and putting off the inevitable, which just creates more stress as you scramble to finish your tasks. Once you’ve reset your mind and realized your big projects are just series of small steps, just get in there and get started. The best thing you can do for yourself is do whatever it takes to get it done.

Why not start today?

A blog is something I’ve been thinking about starting for some time.

I never started one, until right now. I figured there’s no day like today! Why not? If I’m going to be thinking about it, like I’ve been for a while, why not take action?

I recently read one of Seth Godin’s books, The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. The book had an impact on me; I felt that it spoke to me. I wanted to write a rave review on the book, but I also wanted to gain some more insight on the book from other minds before I wrote my own review. One YouTube-based review led me to an interview of the author himself, Seth Godin. In it, Godin mentioned his blog, which he has been updating daily for over a decade. Feeling inspired, I decided to finally begin my own blog.

Not just because of Seth Godin and his words. But because I want to. And maybe someone will feel inspired by my words one day if I just start writing them now.

And why not start now? A decade will pass whether I want it to or not. I want to be able to say, one day, “I spent the last decade writing.” Or, at least, I wrote every day for some amount of time. I know I have it in me to write. I’m writing now. It’s not hard for me to write, what’s been hard for me has been posting my writing or my work anywhere.

Starting something new can be daunting because you don’t know where it’s going to go; you haven’t gotten there yet.

Maybe, if I just start blogging, I might write more some days and less other days. That’s okay.

I might end up sharing too much or too little. That’s okay too. I just want to do it.