When you’re running a business, you have 1,000 things to think about any given day.
Sometimes the pressure can be too much, your task list piles up, and even though you know you have so.much.to.do, all you’re able to do is cuddle up with your body pillow and take a nap.
We are not computers. It’s totally natural to get locked into a freeze state when you have too much going on. Never fear!
In this blog post, we’ll explore some strategies for dealing with overwhelm and making decisions when you’re feeling stuck.
Prioritize What Makes Money
The first step in dealing with overwhelm is to prioritize your tasks. Make a list of everything that needs to be done, and then sort it by what’s going to make you money the fastest and easiest.
It took me years to hone this, but once I got the recipe down it changed everything.
What can bring you money in today? Do you need to launch a new service? A new product? What’s the easiest thing you can put out in the world? Can you do a “quick hit” offer? A “pick my brain” session?
Focus on the tasks that bring in money. Once you’ve completed those, move on to the tasks that are important but not urgent. And finally, if there’s time left over, work on the tasks that are urgent but not as important.
Break Down Tasks Into Smaller Steps
If a task feels too overwhelming to tackle, try breaking it down into smaller steps. This will help you to see progress and feel more in control of the situation. For example, if you need to write a report, break it down into smaller tasks like researching, outlining, and drafting. By breaking it down, you’ll be able to focus on each step one at a time and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
It’s important to take breaks throughout the day, even when you’re feeling overwhelmed with work. Taking a few minutes to step away from your work can help you to clear your mind and come back to it with a fresh perspective. Use your breaks to do something that relaxes you, like going for a walk or listening to music.
Ask for Help
The best thing you can do when you feel overwhelmed? Get out of your head, get out of your business, and call in some help.
This is where I shine!
If you’re not up for coaching quite yet, this could mean delegating tasks to colleagues, or even hiring a freelancer or contractor to take on some of the work.
Remember, it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help, I’d actually say it’s one of the bravest things you can do.
Avoid Analysis Paralysis
If you’re feeling paralyzed because you don’t want to make a wrong decision, try to avoid analysis paralysis.
This is when you spend so much time analyzing the situation that you become stuck and unable to make a decision. Instead, try to make a decision based on the information you have available at the time, and be willing to adjust course if necessary.
Just get going.
Take one action.
Remember that sometimes making a decision, even if it’s not perfect, is better than not making a decision at all.
Overwhelm can take the wind out of your sails for weeks or months. Ask how I know!
If what you’ve been doing just isn’t working, then you need to try a new strategy. I’m here to help!