Overcoming Overwhelm in Your Business
Overcoming Overwhelm in Your Business
Overwhelm is easy to come by these days with all the noise happening on social media, or within your inner circle. If you’re anything like me, you spend a fair amount of time scrolling Instagram or Facebook, absorbing content like a sponge, sometimes without even realizing it.
This turns into a lot of “shoulds” added to your plate. How many times have you been on a webinar, or reading a blog post, and all of a sudden you feel the overwhelm creep in. Now you're in your head thinking of everything you should be doing. Maybe you just learnt a new Instagram trick, and you spend the next few hours working on that. Or someone just pitched the importance of Pinterest, and now you’re 3 hours into setting up Tailwind.
But the thing is, none of this was on your to-do list. None of this was even on your radar, and now you feel behind because someone else is telling you to do this, or be on here, or do this in this specific way to be successful.
There are tons of new products, courses, webinars, trainings etc being pitched every single day. Each one telling you what you should or should not be doing.
You feel the weight of the world on your shoulders like you don’t have enough time in the world to do everything. Your to-do list is a mile long, and you don’t know how it’s going to get done. You feel behind everyone else because they are crushing it in their business (or that’s what it looks like), and you’re still over here, overwhelmed by everything you have to do, feeling like there isn’t enough time for it all.
When I feel overwhelmed, it often shifts into low focus, motivation, and I end up doing nothing at all. Even though my to-do list is longer than ever. Here are some steps you can use to combat overwhelm in your business.
How to overcome overwhelm in your business
Get it out of your head
This is the most important first step because it stops your brain from spiralling and constantly reminding you of important things. Are you ever in the shower, and all of a sudden remember you need to call John? Writing things down frees up brain space, and stops your mind from cycling through all the to-dos.
ACTION: Write it down and list out everything you need to do
Now that you have a to-do list, you can start to prioritize what is most important and what isn’t.
This is how I prioritize my tasks:
What items are making you money? Those become the first priority.
Are there items someone is expecting or depending on you for? Aka, send that checklist, follow up with that email, set-up an interview etc. For me this is usually made up of client work.
What items are nice to have, but not imperative? Aka posting on social media, writing that blog content or newsletter etc. Put these on a separate list for after you get everything else done.
Release the expectation that something needs to look, be, feel a certain way. We absorb SO MUCH from everything around us, and it’s easy to get caught in that feeling of not “enough”. Of not doing enough, being far enough along, being productive enough, feeling easy enough etc. There is no one way things need to go. When we get caught in that feeling of “not enough” we then start to pass judgement and shame onto ourselves. Release that expectation either from yourself or someone else.
Let go of the perfectionist tendency. Done is better than perfect. Progress over perfection. It is never going to be perfect, there will always be something that could be different, that could be changed. And guess what, you can go back and update or make those changes. But it doesn’t need to happen right now.
ACTION: Use this journal exercise: What expectations of myself do I need to release? What expectations from other people do I need to release?
Set an Intention
This has worked for me more times then I can count. When I feel like there is no time for anything, I try and step back, and set an intention instead of spiralling. I say to myself over and over: “there is more than enough time for everything I want to do.”
It’s not that I magically get an extra three hours in the day, that no one else does. But I’ve found that tasks take quicker than I thought they would, meetings get cancelled to open up an extra hour. Or even just sitting back at the end of the day, I feel accomplished and like I got everything I needed to, done.
This is your reminder that you can do whatever you want, in whatever way you want, regardless of what everyone else thinks you should be doing. You are the boss, you are in control.
ACTION: Set an intention for how you want to feel while you tackle your to-dos. Repeat to yourself, “there is more than enough time for everything I want to do.”