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I'm Jenn Swanson and this is my podcast called Careers by Jenn (formerly The Communication Diva Podcast.)

I started podcasting as a hobby in 2012 on the broad topic of communication. At the time, I was teaching Human Relation Skills to college students in the healthcare field, and realized that what used to be "common sense" is not really all that common anymore, because communication skills are not intentionally taught much anymore. I didn't have enough class time to cover very much in depth, and so decided I needed a platform on which to expand what I wanted to share with people. So, Communication Diva was born.

My early episodes are quite general, and then once I got to Episode 100 and beyond, I began to focus mainly on career, workplace, job search and self-improvement topics that help you to succeed in the workplace (and in life!) through great and more effective communication.

Then, right after (and before and around) episode 150, I re-branded the name and that is why you will see Careers by Jenn title and artwork from 151 onwards!

It's been a journey and a progression and it's been amazing!

This show is sometimes just me, waxing eloquent...(haha!) and more often, I interview fascinating guests from all around the globe who offer tips and actionable ways you can get the job, love your work and advance your career. Sometimes we focus on self-growth and wellness, organizational and personal improvement topics, and other times we give you step-by-step advice to get something particular done. In any case, thanks for reading this very long description! I hope you find something that resonates here and invite you to join the conversation. And if you love the show, please consider becoming a Patron of the show to help me share more valuable content with the world.

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Sep 21, 2017

Overwhelm is that feeling you have when you just want to get off the spinning world for a while…when there is too much to do and you don’t want to do any of it…when it’s too much that it paralyzes you and you spend time procrastinating because there is too much to do that you don’t know where to start.

Have you ever experienced this?

You can experience overwhelm when your work life and your home life are too full, when you feel the pressure to perform or when you are a perfectionist and things are not going perfectly…when you set your own super high expectations and then have trouble living up to them…when you are a control freak (and lots of us are) and you feel like you are losing control…when you have to learn a TON of new stuff and you feel like your brain is full and you can’t retain one more tidbit of information or your brain will explode…when you are running out of energy for things that require energy, when you are full of worry and anxiety…when you are fed up.

Any or all of these things can be signs of overwhelm and it’s very, very common. Life is stressful sometimes, and even the most together person…or rather the person who appears to be the most together on the outside…can be suffering from overwhelm.

Join me in this podcast where I walk you through an exercise that will overcome your overwhelm and turn it into an organized plan of action. Get from overwhelm to organized FAST. Grab some sticky notes and a pen, clear a space on the table, give yourself a block of time to spend with me, and I will get you from overwhelmed to organized in short order.