If you’re ready to overcome overwhelm in your business, make sure you’re taking smart action
Solo business owners are especially vulnerable to being snowed under by overwhelm. There’s just so much to do every single day! In fact, the list can be so long that the stress of it causes us to do one of two things:
- Stop altogether, as if we’ve been snowed in and under – immobilized by the stress of it all.
- Take the wrong actions and exhaust ourselves further.
Yes, the antidote any business owner needs to overcome overwhelm is action, but it has to be the right actions. The question is: how do you know which actions are the right actions when stress has gotten the best of you?
Perspective and Support
The answer is that you need some perspective. When you are too close to a problem, it’s too much to sort through without emotions getting in the way of clear thinking.
This is why I am such a strong advocate of having a reliable business coach, along with – ideally – an accountability buddy. These are people who can help you get the perspective you need when overwhelm and stress are beating you down.
Choosing Smart Actions
In lieu of either a biz coach or an accountability buddy, here are 5 things to consider when determining which kind of action to take when overwhelm is bearing down on you …
Each morning pick the 3 most important things you must accomplish.
Do ONLY those.
At the start of each week, determine which 3 actions actually bring in revenue.
Schedule them into your week.
Pick 1 complex project per month.
Break the project down into steps, then schedule 1-3 steps per week.
4. Use the ‘Universal Assistant’
This one is fun! Simply put a line down the middle of a piece of paper. On one side, write down 3-5 things that you must do. On the other, write down all the other things that ‘need doing’ which you are assigning to your Universal Assistant. In other words, instead of micro-managing, offer up these ‘to-dos’ to your higher guidance so that graceful solutions may have the chance to arise for you.
Actually schedule in time before, during and at the end of your work day for a 5 minute breather or meditation period.
What is the number one action you need to take right now if overwhelm is beating down your door? Let me know in the comments below!