No one can understand the life of an overwhelmed entrepreneur like another overwhelmed entrepreneur. (Can I get a heck yes?) Client work, social media, bookkeeping … client projects. Emails to write, proposals to draft, phone calls to return, websites to update. Sometimes, owning/operating/growing a successful business feels like trying to shovel the driveway during a blizzard. Like we’re putting out a lot of effort, yet aren’t getting anywhere.
You know those days when you feel your brain-power is stretched so thin you can’t focus. Those days when you can barely concentrate and are having trouble remembering what do do next. Or you have so many things to get done you wish you could clone yourself?
That’s called overwhelm. It’s a very common ailment among small business owners. And, there IS a cure!
The theme for many of my blog posts this past year have been about overwhelm in one way or another. I’ve written about a few things you can do to avoid it, how to get out of it once you’re in it, and even danced around one of the the best ways a business owner can avoid and stay out of overwhelm. So today, I’m going to jump right in and state the obvious.
In a previous blog post I shared some tips for overcoming overwhelm when business becomes a bit too much for one entrepreneur to handle. One of those tips was to stop trying to do everything yourself, by finding a team of professionals to help take care of tasks.
Deciding to work with a team of Marketing Support Specialists is a great way to take a big load off your shoulders; but only if you find the right team, and if you can figure out how to work well with that team.
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.
Trying to do it all may seem like a great tactic for savvy business owners, but those of us who have been business a while know this line of thinking can ultimately end up crippling business growth.
Here’s a short list of things that often occur when a speaker or coach tries to manage every aspect of their business all by themselves: [Read more…]
It’s only 3:00 p.m. but your eyelids are getting heavy and your head is nodding. At this very moment, nothing sounds better than finding a nice cozy place for a good long nap. The problem is you still have three hours of work to cram into the two hours left in your workday. In reality, your lack-luster performance is not from a “carb-dip” or “caffeine deficit”…it’s more likely due to exhaustion and overwhelm from trying to do it all.
I seem to be writing a LOT about social media lately … changes in the major platforms, the new and upcoming platforms on the rise, why social media should be an important part of your marketing strategy, etc. I guess one of the reasons is because, for those of us whose target market and ideal clients are online, social media is where and how they find us and we find them, so social media platforms and social media tools are important. Having, or not having, a good social media strategy plan in place can be the difference between the life or death of your business.
Today’s hectic lifestyle, along with all the uncertainty and angst in the world, is taking its toll on the health of people all over the nation. Even with all the advances in technology (created to make our lives easier) there are times when it seems as though our lives have gotten more complicated. The result can be debilitating feelings of overwhelm and the sensation that you are just spinning your wheels in business and life. Being in a constant state of overwhelm has mental and physical consequences as well. Listed below are ten warning signs that you might be experiencing professional overwhelm.
By Sarah Robinson
One of the most common business challenges I hear from my clients is usually some variation on the theme of Overwhelm.
– “How do I get it all done?”
– “How do I set priorities?”
– “I never feel like I’m ‘done’ with work and my family has had it!”
-“I work and work and work.”
Does any of this resonate with you? Please know that you are not alone. Many of my clients and workshop participants struggle with feeling overwhelmed. Even I struggle with it sometimes (yes, coaches struggle, too) though it is not the way of life for me that it once was.