Tax season — so much to do in so little time. It’s like a marathon. It requires focus, dedication, and plugging away until you make it to the finish line on April 18th.

Staying totally focused on your tasks and putting in extra hours day after day may seem like the best way to get it all done. But, in reality, being chronically overwhelmed for a sustained period of time keeps your body flooded with cortisol, a hormone designed to support short bursts of fighting or fleeing. When your system stays revved, cortisol can become a poison that wreaks havoc with your ability to think clearly, to concentrate, and to be strategic and creative – the abilities you need most to get you through.

So how do you stay out of overwhelm and in the zone — that state of deep concentration where you’re challenged, relaxed, focused and getting things done rather than running on empty toward burn out?

One way is to keep rejuvenating much like a marathon runner keeps hydrating. Your rejuvenator is something you engage in that is totally different from who you are or who you think you should be. If you’re a straight-laced, suit-wearing professional, rejuvenation might come from taking your Harley for a spin on a Saturday. If you crunch numbers alone all week you may rejuvenate by singing karaoke with friends. Your rejuvenator could be getting physical exercise, being in nature, watching a movie or reading a book.

Even though it may seem counter intuitive to take time off when you’re really busy, rejuvenating gives your mind the break it needs to fuel your productivity, to problem solve, and to stay positive so you can cross that finish line a winner in business and in health.

Thank you to our Guest Blogger: Linda L. Hardenstein, MPA, PCC, a business and performance management consultant, provides pragmatic approaches to business professionals and managers to better manage your To Dos, organize your work flow, and customize your daily routine to end that feeling of overwhelm that wastes your time, energy and money. She is the creator of Overwhelm Busters® training and Success Maps™. Contact her at or 831-233-9186 (in California).

P.S. CPE Link is taking Linda’s advice. We have started a walking program that encourages everyone to get out of the office for 20-30 minutes every day!

What are you doing to rejuvenate?