Sometimes you’re not meant to power through that massive overwhelming mound of to-do immediately. Sometimes you’re meant to step back, wipe your brow, say “Wow … that’s a giant heaping pile of obligation!”, and then go do something else for awhile.
Brainfreeze happens when we take in too much, too fast. If you keep going after that point, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Our fear drives us forward, even when we know it’s time to take a break.
Letting go of that fear … whether it’s of not getting it all done, or what people will think if they see you take a break … is key to shifting your perspective. When I allow myself to walk away for awhile, I’m giving myself the gift of being able to look at that mountain of work with a clearer head, more objectivity and less panic when I return.
Looking at the things I must do through the eyes of love and gratitude beats the living heck out of letting fear give me brainfreeze.