It happens to every single one of us….
That pit-in-your-stomach feeling when you know you have so much to get done and have no idea where to start.
The feeling of complete and total overwhelm that makes you want to run away screaming when you glance at your to-do list.
For me, I’m in the middle of a pivot, and the overwhelm is very real! I’m transitioning from a hand-to-hand business building model to one-to-many approach. So, every single day, my list will contain tasks for content creation, technologies to evaluate, systems to establish and perfect, coaching to attend, courses to complete, clients to serve, calls to return, and the never-ending story of email. Oh and let’s not forget that little task that never goes away – marketing.
You know the feeling…
Everything on your to-do list has to get done, but where do you start? And more importantly, how do you keep from being back in this same situation tomorrow, next week, or next month?
I find that what gets me in trouble is when I jump around from task to task with no real plan for where I’m going.
For example, it could start by checking social media updates, then jumping over to write an email, then jumping back into my browser to do some research, before jotting down a great content idea, finally having a revelation about one of my clients and I have to write THAT down.
Before I know it, I have 7 or 8 projects going. Not only have none of them been finished, but I’ve barely made progress. Queue that feeling of overwhelm.
How do I avoid the too many irons in the fire problem?
Truthfully, this is a constant battle with me. Between work, my businesses, my wife, and 3 children; it’s really easy to spend several hours bouncing between tasks, sitting at my computer, chasing the current shiny object, and not getting anything “real” accomplished.
So, I need to break it down and…
I first identify 1 priority. No, really. Just one that I want to accomplish today. Then I go into my calendar and block that time off to make sure that it gets accomplished.
A quick tip – Focus your first task on something that is setup to help bring in revenue.
This task could be client delivery, courses, new products, making calls, building an email or ad campaign (customer acquisition), or something else. By placing priority on revenue generation, you are putting your energy in the most important place of your business.
Now, if you finish that ONE task by noon. We’ll reassess, and pick ONE more! Keep your focus singular and you’ll be surprised how many “one tasks” you’ll get done in a day.
As business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs it’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of the newest thing that comes our way. We are all guilty of this. But if you find yourself reacting to opportunities rather than planning for them, you set yourself up for some problems:
Queue the overwhelm!
When you plan your activities, you know what your goals and objectives are and how you are going to achieve them.
For those of us to look at that list and say, “Great just what I need, another list”!
We all get overwhelmed. And, if you’re not now, wait a few weeks. It’s part of being a higher performer, an entrepreneur, and a business owner. It’s also the high that keeps us all coming back!
When you’re really overwhelmed, and in that state that makes it easy to put your head down and want to hide under the desk. There are really only two steps you need to start with:
Once you get the #1 priority clear in your own mind, this approach will work for you if you apply it.
Imagine that tomorrow you wake up feeling refreshed, and ready to go. You know exactly the 1 thing you’re going to focus on first. You have energy, clarity, and KNOW that you’ve got this!
It’s time to ditch the “I’m overwhelmed” excuse, and increase your impact!
I would love to hear from you! Please leave me a comment below, and let me know what your best tip is for overcoming the overwhelm!