When I get overwhelmed, I become extremely unproductive. In sort of a vapor lock fashion, I become paralyzed by competing priorities. Google, Facebook and Law and Order reruns become my priorities and I get nothing accomplished. It usually takes a few days of panic, tears, and grumpiness to reset but it’s only temporary. What I really need is a working vacation. Stepping outside of my typical environment and focusing on ‘just me’ for even a couple days can do wonders when it comes to perspective and clarity. The hard part is convincing our spouses and children that we aren’t being selfish and will actually be much nicer to be around afterwards. And if all else fails, there is always the dentist. Trapped in a chair is a great place to contemplate priorities!