How to Cope with Feeling Unfocused or Overwhelmed | Tim Ferriss

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Tim Ferriss shares tips on how to cope with feeling unfocused or overwhelmed.

About Tim Ferriss:
Tim Ferriss is one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and an early-stage tech investor/advisor in Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ other companies. He is also the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef, Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors. The Observer and other media have named him “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, which has exceeded 200 million downloads and been selected for “Best of iTunes” three years running.

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I think one of the most important thing to remember is that overwhelm is a symptom of our HABITS, not our TASKS. If we don't look at the patterns that led us there (boundaries, routines, bad habits, mindset, everything), we'll just wind up there again.

Author — Tara Wagner Coaching


Summary of advice:

1. Am I eating enough? Being hungry can ruin your focus, intermittent fasting does not work for everyone.
2. Am I consuming too much caffeine?
3. Meditate twice a day

Overwhelmed and unfocused are two different things. Ask yourself these two questions ON PAPER:

80/20 analysis:

What are the 20% of activities or people that are producing 80% or more of the results and positive emotional states that I want? 1 or 2 pages.

What are the 20% of activities, responsibilities or people that are producing the 80% of pain/headaches/negative emotion states that I don't want?

What would this look like if it was easy? How can I use money instead of time to fix this problem? How can I ask other people for help instead of trying to do it all myself?

95% of what you write down will probably be ludicrous. DON'T edit. Within that you might find 1 or 2 gems that save 80% of your headache.

Author — Liam C


I have seen many many Tim Ferriss videos and this one hands down has to be one of the most helpful. When he addressed the issue of redlining with putting pressure on yourself that one really unlocked a lot of the mysteries about how I treat myself trying to achieve goals.

Author — Shawn Smith


This was great. Concise, useful, and meditative. This is something you can use over and over because the outline is the same.

I haven't been checking in to this channel in a while, but Tim's starting to figure out the audience. If he trimmed it down even more, no intro, just the 1-2-3-4 steps focused I'd probably flip this video on once a month to review. Having a voice talking through a problem with cantor really helps you change the method of thinking you're in at a given moment, it's coaxing, which makes the idea itself more appetizing - a good idea is important, but the delivery gets it where it needs to go.

Great work.

Author — BigMac8000


This was perfect and totally the reminder I needed today. I'm SO sensitive to caffeine. Anything more than a single shot latte or 3/4 tbs coffee in the morning and I'll feel great for a day or two, then totally spiral into overdrive, anxiety and set myself up for am adrenal crash. You know it's addictive when you find yourself justifying more even though you KNOW it will end in disaster, lol. Also remembering to eat. SO simple, but easy to forget and get caught up in the "existential crisis" once the blood sugar starts crashing. Thanks Tim!! <3

Author — Real Food For Humans


Had me at “I don’t need to journal about my existential crisis, I need to eat some fucking macadamia nuts.”

Author — Ruby M


Love you Timothy! Already have your book on my list for xmas! My girlfriends parents asked what I wanted and it was a no brainer! Thank you for the constant life changing value! Peace.

Author — Manolo Borja


Great advice. I absolutely love the question: 'What would this look like if it was easy?'. Absolute beast for disrupting and resurfacing from perfectionist driven, Escherian states of mind.

Author — Phosphornaut


Keep up the great work Tim, loving the book!! Well done and great reading. Thanks

Author — Walter Hill


Reading your book right now, tools of Titans. Love what you do and what you stand for. A true genuine human being! Much love m8, keep inspiring and motivating other human beings, your doing a great job!

Author — Lucas Carlucci


Loving the videos Tim. Wold be great to see more in the future, especially if you're travelling! A Tim Ferriss vlog once a week would be unbelievable.

Author — Jack Rode


Hi Tim, a question as a fellow bipolar male, and a big fan: I tend to become overwhelmed faster then most and I often tend to blame being overwhelmed on being bipolar. Because of this easy mental fatigue I can only work a maximum of 24 hours a week on any given project so.. not so much. I've noticed that you don't seem to have a problem with being bipolar at all (and that you probably work more then 24 hours per week). If you are really bipolar and have your manic and depressive tendencies then it must be hard to deal with doing all the things you do. How do you manage being bipolar? Or are you cured of all that? Very little is to be found on this topic so please, please respond to this I really want to know.

Author — PianoAlbert


Thank You Mr. Ferris...I have been learning from you for years; between your books, podcasts, videos, etc., You continue to provide the utmost value.
Having just celebrated 6 years of sobriety, I must say when I am feeling overwhelmed or swamped with work, rather than heading to the nearest watering hole - I watch a video like this, and it puts everything right back into perspective.
I am not sure whether or not you will check any of the comments, but I did want to Thank You for positively impacting and changing my life over these past years.
Please continue with the inspirational work, and All the Best to You.
Peace and Respect from the Big Apple.

Author — Brendan William


Great content, thoughts are very well put together! Very helpful 👍🏻

Author — João R. Canabrava


I am really enjoying your latest video series - thank you! Your tip on questioning "what would this look like if it were easy" is a game-changer... it's definitely got me re-thinking how I make decisions. Really excited to see your talk in SF this Thursday :) :)

Author — Melania Edwards


Tim, love the 80/20 approach :) Not so easy to implement, but once you get into the habit of doing it - it changes things drastically :) Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the community! M.

Author — DULO Wear


Thank you Mr. Tim Ferriss, that hit the spot; Sometimes we already know but we need to hear it from someone else. BTW I think it was great that you were on Jocko's 100th podcast. Peace

Author — Lucky One


Thank you so much for reminding me about being or not being in ketosis... That sure matters. Been decreasing caffeine but wasn't enough. I can see why now... Thank you 🌷

Author — Lazita Zen


I sometimes find facing fears every day overwhelming. I try meditating and take deep breaths. It can be hard dealing with social phobia so it’s good for me to have some alone time.

Author — Isabella


I love taking some L-theanine with my coffee - it lets you have the energy boost sans the anxious feeling. Instead of getting that feeling of maybe being a little agitated you end up in a really productive, calm and focused state. I also take it for anxiety in general, I’ve found it to be the best natural supplement to help with that and stress, have been using it for about 3 years now.

Author — Elle Kasser