Operating a business requires a lot of energy. Not only do you actually spend the majority of your time working IN your business, but there’s even more you have to worry about when it comes to working ON your business. You have to market consistently to acquire new clients. You have invoices to keep track of and bills to pay. You’ve got proposals to write, email to check, follow-up to do, a website to maintain … the list goes on and on. It can all become a lot to deal with on a daily basis.
If you’re like so many other small business owners, you most likely spend a lot of time feeling overwhelmed. But overwhelm doesn’t feel very good, does it? And it certainly isn’t how we want to feel. You might remember a past article on the 10 Early Warning Signs of Professional Overwhelm. This one is how to get out of overwhelm, and hopefully keep you out, once you’re there.
6 Tips for Overcoming Overwhelm
Let’s share some ideas with each other. I’ll start (this is my article, after all!).
Exercise. Try to take a little time out of your busy schedule on a daily basis to go for a quick walk. Or sign up for a yoga class. Try to do something physical each day. Yes, it’s hard to find the time, but exercise is an important way to relieve stress. You’ll get that endorphin rush, you’ll sleep better, and you’ll feel better. The end.
Eat well. Make sure you’re fueling your body properly. It can be tempting to skip meals when we’re super busy, but that’s a terrible idea no matter how you look at it. You need good nutrition to keep your energy up. Drink lots of water, eat plenty of complex carbs and protein, and try not to eat too much sugar. It won’t really give you extra energy. It’s a trap. 😉
Meditate. You don’t need to go buy a set of meditation bells, or go on a retreat to Bali; but you should find a way to quiet your mind. Personally, I pray. Other people meditate by sitting in a dark room and breathing deeply for a few minutes each day. Whatever you can do to help your mind become quiet; find a way to do it.
Tackle tasks and not projects. Do you know the difference between a project and a task? A project is a great big looming thing like writing a book or planning an event. A task is something that must be done in order to complete that project; which would be writing a chapter of your book or booking a venue for your event. By trying to complete tasks instead of projects, you’ll find your to-do list becomes much less daunting. Plus, you’ll complete so many tasks; you’ll feel a great sense of satisfaction.Get out and stay out of overwhelm by concentrating on the tasks rather than the project!Click To Tweet
Set a timer. When you’re getting ready to complete a task, set a timer. For instance, give yourself 45 minutes to spend working on that chapter you’re writing. When the timer goes off, take a five-minute break. While the timer is on, you’ll be less tempted to go off and make a phone call, check Facebook, or wash the dishes. Use that five-minute break to stretch, refill your water bottle, make a phone call (or check Facebook or do dishes). It will increase your productivity by leaps and bounds. Try it!
Hire help. This one is pretty basic, yet so easily overlooked or tossed aside. Add to your team so they can help take some of the weight off your shoulders! Whether you need an in-house receptionist, a website developer, or a team of online marketing support specialists … get help! Bring someone else on board who can help with all of those tasks and details so you can focus on the other more important things and lesson your feelings of overwhelm.
There. Now it’s your turn. What else can YOU add to this list of tips to overcoming overwhelm?
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