Feeling Overwhelmed

Deer Raymond,

I love all the food and fun of Thanksgiving, but I just get overwhelmed because there are so many things to cook, and chores to do, and people to talk to – I get tired before the day even gets here, and then I run around doing things at the last minute and something gets missed. How can I do better?


Don’t know where to start

Dear Start Line Staller,

It’s really easy to get overwhelmed when there are a lot of things to get done at one time, especially food. Always put food first. The best thing to do when you have a big project – whether it’s cooking or something for work or planning your future is to concentrate only what is in front of you. If you are making cinnamon rolls (mmmmmm), don’t think about how you have to put the turkey in the oven in 30 minutes or listen to your relatives talk about awkward political opinions – just make cinnamon rolls. Then, move to the next thing. Step by step all the things will get done.

My human says the definition of “personal discipline” is not “doing something you don’t want to do.” It is doing exactly what each moment requires and nothing more. If the moment requires work, be at work. If it requires cinnamon rolls, get the frosting! If it requires attention to a loved one, be with them. One thing at a time. Personally, I make a list so that when I finish my one thing, I know what thing is next. That helps a lot.

Get ready, Get set, GO!

Your friend,


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