How to Move Out of “Constant Overwhelm”
Are you constantly saying to yourself…I will handle that “fill in the blank ” task tomorrow. But then tomorrow comes and goes and before you know it, so does the entire week. You have a grand vision of being a Wizard who can run your business on caffeine and little sleep. But, then…BOOM! Sh*t starts to hit the fan because you are missing deadlines, forgetting to return a call or hit send on that drafted email that you prepared at 11 o’clock at night. Ugh! Then (you know what happens next…) the feeling of dread and panic starts to set in and you think to yourself “how did I let this happen again”? Well, my friend, let me give you a few tips on how to move Out of being Overwhelmed to feeling accomplished and ready for the next set of tasks that comes your way.
- Time block
- Carve out CEO time
- Change your Mindset
- Have an accountability partner
- Hire a team member
Wikipedia defines Timeblocking as a productivity technique for personal time management where a period of time—typically a day or week—is divided into smaller segments or blocks for specific tasks or to-dos. It integrates the function of a calendar with that of a to-do list. It is a kind of scheduling.
When done properly, time blocking can help eliminate distractions and discourage unproductive multitasking. There are many FREE time blocking templates available on the web. Go ahead and link a template to your calendar for a week and see how time blocking changes your schedule!
Carve out Your CEO Time
CEO time is a vital part of running your business! It allows you to spend time just focusing on you and/or your business objectives. Do you find yourself constantly meeting deadlines for your clients but you push off finishing that blog post? If this sounds like you, you desperately need to carve out CEO time.
Change Your Mindset
Changing your mindset seems like a simple thing to do, right? But we have this little voice inside ourselves that tells us that we can’t, this is too stressful, someone else can do the job better. This is called Impostor Syndrome, more on this later. If you can quiet that little voice and start to tell yourself that you are capable, that you’ve got this gig in the bag and think about the joy that comes out of doing/creating. It’s amazing how your perspective changes!
Have an Accountability Partner
Having an accountability partner is probably my favorite on this list. Why? Because when you promise someone else you are going to do something, meet a deadline or even meet them for an early morning run, you do it. You do it because you don’t want to disappoint that partner. Accountability partners are great for advice too, or as a sounding board for a new idea or service offering. Do you have a business bestie?
Hire a Team Member
Delegate, delegate, delegate. I truly believe that you should hire a team member before you are constantly overwhelmed but having another person on your team that believes in your vision for your business will take a huge amount of pressure off your shoulders. You won’t feel like you are on this business bus alone, you will have someone to collaborate with. Not to mention all the time you will get back on your calendar.