6 Powerful Strategies to Combat Overwhelm
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.
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.
Oh and BEFORE we dive in …
I also have this short + actionable podcast episode on what to do when you feel overwhelmed + stuck, so give it a listen after you read this blog post. 😉
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 (AND MORE EFFECTIVELY GROW YOUR BUSINESS!) BY SETTING THE RIGHT GOALS FOR YOUR BUSINESS + PLANNING OUT YOUR YEAR ACCORDINGLY.
Ohhhhh BABY, this is a BIGGIE.
If you’re currently just “winging it” in your business and / or if you lack clarity around your specific business goals and strategy for the year, then you’re likely gonna feel overwhelmed AF.
Because you’re MUCH more likely to be a poor victim of shiny object syndrome and “all the things” because you won’t know what the heck to focus on every day!
And the fact of the matter is, is that you can work your creative booty off all day, but that doesn’t mean that you actually did anything to move the needle in your business.
Know what I’m say’in?
Being “busy” doesn’t equal being productive if you’re focused on the wrong things.
And when you’re focused on the wrong things, you end up wasting so much time working your buns off with no real results to show for it and THAT my friend, feels overwhelming. (I’ve been there!)
(In fact I was in that place for almost FIVE YEARS.) 😂
This might sound obvious but … you’ve gotta have 100% CRYSTAL CLARITY on what you want for yourself and your business if you ever want to get there.
(But yet 90% of online business owners lack clarity around their business vision and goals and then wonder why they have such a hard time focusing or prioritizing their work tasks!)
If you reeeeeally want to make the most of your time and GROW your business, then you’ve gotta get clarity around the specific vision and goals that you have for your business and then plan out your year accordingly.
This will ensure that the tasks you’re doing on a daily basis are actually moving you towards where you want to go! 😊
And instead of feeling overwhelmed you’ll have a clear plan for what you need to do every single day to grow your biz. Yay! 🎉
(Just be sure to have your favorite beverage in hand when you watch!)
Not only will this help you to MASSIVELY cut down on your feelings of overwhelm, but it’ll also help you to more effectively grow your business. 😊
It’s a major WIN-WIN! 🎉
3. BRAIN DUMP (AND THEN CULL AND CUT YOUR BRAIN DUMP) TO KICK OVERWHELM'S BUTT REAL HARD.
Ohhhhh man, nothing feels as satisfying as a good 'ol brain dump!!!
When you're planning out each quarter (or ANY TIME you’re simply feeling overwhelmed), take just 20 minutes to brain dump literally EVERYTHING on your mind!
(Btw, I share how I plan out my year in quarters in the above FREE masterclass!) 😉
Don't hold back.
Let it ALL out!!!
Every single little to-do that you think you need to do.
(Notice that I used the word THINK, because you probably most DEFINITELY don’t “need” to do everything that you think you do!) 😊
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!
(And hot top: the things you actually schedule yourself to do should be DIRECTLY related to moving you towards your main business goals for the year and current quarter, which we talk about in that free masterclass I’ve already mentioned once or twice.) 😛
Otherwise it should be scheduled for LATER or cut completely.
(Oh man … cutting things feels SO GOOD!)
4. IDENTIFY AND FOCUS ON THE TOP 5% OF ACTIVITIES IN YOUR BUSINESS THAT WILL PRODUCE 95% OF YOUR RESULTS.
Ever heard of the 80/20 rule?
It’s basically a rule that states that only 20% of your activities are responsible for 80% of your results, but I’ve found it to be more like 5% of your activities are responsible for 95% of your results!
And so it’s important that you get clear on what those activities are.
(Hint: they're usually the most uncomfortable and SCARY activities!) 😛
Activities 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? Do this quick and easy 80/20 rule exercise (it’ll only take you like five minutes!)
Grab a piece of paper.
Divide it down the middle with a vertical line.
On the left, make a list of all the DAILY / WEEKLY activities that you do in your business.
On the right, write down your BIGGEST business wins to date. (No matter the age of your business, you have wins! They don't have to be huge. For instance, getting your first sale or email subscriber are totally wins!)
Draw a line from the win on the right to the task(s) that were directly related to resulting in that win. The tasks on the left that are connected to your biggest wins on the right are the tasks that you should focus on and do more of! 😊
You don’t need to do it all (and you SHOULDN’T do it all!)
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!
And to give yourself extra motivation and inspiration, I HIGHLY recommend creating an actual "vision board" to put next to your workspace where you can see it every day!
(Below is a peek at mine.) 😊
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."
Aaaaaand there you have it, my 6 strategies for combatting overwhelm. I hope you find them helpful!
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.