Ya know what seems to really be running rampant in the online business world lately?
Overwhelm is like a dirty little demon that's frantically zooming around inside the minds of creative entrepreneurs everywhere wreaking total havoc and chaos!!!!
(Please take a moment to picture a little overwhelm demon that looks like a mini devil that's covered in dirt whose wearing blue spotted underwear! Thanks.)
EHEM anyway! Back to what I was saying.
Being in a constant state of overwhelm is becoming waaaay too common now adays for many people, and it's time to make that shiz STOP.
Why? Because feeling overwhelmed hinders productivity and creativity, makes you feel like crap, makes work way less fun and ... well ... it's just plain OVERWHELMING.
So if you're currently feeling overwhelmed, we're gonna talk about 6 powerful strategies to help you combat overwhelm fast.
(Isn't my tee shirt with rainbow colored kitties on it the best?!?)
If you'd like to hear a little extra tips / info / my story then watch the video above, OR if you'd simply like the super shortened "cliff's notes" version, then read on.
OR do both.
These are the 6 strategies that I've implemented this past year to feel WAY less overwhelmed. So without further delay ...
1. Stop feeling overwhelmed by having a mindset and expectations check.
A lot of times we feel totally overwhelmed because of all the strict deadlines and expectations that we put on ourselves! Things like ...
"I HAVE to make X amount of money on this launch or I'm a complete failure!" "I HAVE to have these 10 big projects all done THIS MONTH or I won't be as successful as others!" "If I don't make X amount of money by this specific date like so and so did then I super SUCK."
Can you relate?
(Why yes, yes I've had ALL of those thoughts before!)
But it's bull crap.
Anytime that you're feeling overwhelmed, you need to step back and have a mindset and expectations check to see if it's because of SELF IMPOSED things that you've put on yourself.
Learn to stay flexible with your deadlines and goals, enjoy the journey of learning and realize that it's not the end of the world if you do something like write a blog post 2 weeks later than you initially planned!
In other words, learn how to not give a fu*k.
(Which reminds me, you should check out this book right here!)
2. Combat overwhelm by planning your year in detailed quarters.
Nothing is more overwhelming than trying to plan out your entire year all at once!
Plus doing so isn't as smart as it sounds, either.
Why? Because things happen.
New ideas and opportunities that you didn't plan on happening will arise, strategies won't always work out as planned and will require pivoting, goals change and rainbow colored caticorns can whisk you away to the magical land of ice cream!
(Just wishing on that last one.)
Instead of planning out your entire year, just focus on planning out 90 days at a time and pick a couple of main goals / projects that you will focus on!
Want help planning your year in quarters?
3. Brain dump (and then cut and cull your brain dump!) to kick overwhelm's butt.
Ohhhhh man, nothing feels as satisfying as a good 'ol brain dump!!!
When you're planning out each quarter (or are simply feeling overwhelmed), take just 20 minutes to brain dump literally EVERYTHING on your mind!
Don't hold back.
Once you've gotten everything out of your mind and onto paper, you can then cut and cull your brain dump. Go through literally EVERY single item that you brain dumped and either cut it, put it away for later or schedule it in your planner!
(Pssst, I designed a planner specifically for color loving entrepreneurs right here!)
4. Identify & focus on the top 5% of activities in your business that will produce 95% of your results.
This is something that I learned from my mentor James Wedmore and I love it!
Basically, you need to identify the top 5% of activities in your business that get you 95% of your results.
(Hint: they're usually the most uncomfortable and scary activities!)
Things like launching a new product, sending a sales email, getting a sales funnel up, pitching a collaboration idea to someone or swimming in a giant pool full of pink frosting.
(Just kidding about that last one, sweets just sound really tasty right now!)
Not sure how to identify your top 5% activities?
Ask yourself: If I had to make $1,000 by TONIGHT at midnight or else I would be out on the streets tomorrow, what would I do?
The answer probably includes the types of activities that you need to be focusing on. 😉
5. Feel less overwhelmed by learning how to say "no" way more often!
I say NO all the time.
(Unless of course someone is offering me a piece of ooey gooey chocolate cake, then I have absolutely NO will power!)
But that 'ol quote is true, the more you say "yes" to the more you'll have to say "no" to!
Really be RUTHLESS about what you commit to and pursue.
Any time that a new opportunity or idea arrives, ask yourself ... "Is this in line with the purpose of my business and the goals that I have for this quarter?" Will this help GROW my business a shiz ton?" "Do I realistically have the time?"
If the answer to any of these questions is "no," then you should probably SAY no!
6. Dream and remember your "why" daily!
Sometimes we get so caught up in the daily minutia and busy work and wondering things like, HOW THE HECK AM I GONNA MAKE THIS HAPPEN?! That we forget WHY we even started in the first place.
And then everything just becomes WAY less enjoyable.
So before you start your day, take just 5 minutes to DREAM, baby!
Remember why you even started your business in the first place and dream about where you want your business to go!
You'll feel so much better afterwards, I promise!
(Want to kick it up a notch? Create an actual "vision board" to put next to your workspace where you can see it every day!)
Fill it with photos, words and quotes that capture your "why," dreams and goals. You can also include key words that you want to focus on for the current year!
For example, 2 words on my current vision board are "trust" and "be visible."
Lastly, to combat overwhelm grab the free online business roadmap that I created just for you!
This is what I WISH I had back when I first started and includes all of the steps for both starting AND growing your online business IN ORDER so that you can know exactly where to start and what to work on next in order to reach your big scary goals!
(Ya know ... the goals that you're going to put on your vision board.) 😉
The roadmap includes all of the steps that I myself have actually done over the last few years in order to grow a thriving online business that I friggin love.
Plus, the ORDER in which you actually do the steps is very important too!
For example, if you try to launch a paid offering BEFORE you have a strong foundation in place, chances are ... it'll probably flop.
Like a dead, smelly fish. Ewwww. 🐠 😖
Aaaaand it also includes even more steps, links to my favorite resources as well as my favorite books for both business and productivity!
(Does anyone else get SUPER excited about new business books?!)
Aaaaaand there you have it, my 6 strategies for combatting overwhelm.
Speaking of overwhelm, you know what else can cause a MAJOR case of the overwhelms?
Not knowing how to effectively plan and schedule your days.
And now ...
Do YOU have a strategy that you find particularly helpful for combating overwhelm? If so, share it in the comments below because I'd love to know!
And now if you'll excuse me, I have a date with my Snuggie + the couch.