Feeling overwhelmed is something that can really get in the way of you being focused, efficient, and effective with your time.
In fact, overwhelm can stop you dead in your tracks.
Often times, you think that overwhelm just suddenly occurs but the reality is that its been creeping up on you a little bit at a time but you’ve just been very good at putting it aside; or so you think.
And then when it arrives in full force and head on, it can paralyze you.
You’re a busy entrepreneur, you have a lot of moving parts in your business and when things get busy you tend to get into busy-ness mode instead of business mode you start to pile more on your plate, you end up spending your time putting out fires, becoming inefficient with your time, and not actually being productive and getting important revenue generating activities done.
Do you recognize any of this?
Of course you do. You’re an entrepreneur and we’ve all been there once or twice, or more!
The good news is that there’s a simple solution that will give you a great sigh of relief.
The antidote to overwhelm is to have a plan.
Creating a plan doesn’t have to be daunting and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time.
When I create a plan it literally takes me less than 20 minutes and sometimes I can create my plan in less than 5 minutes, and I teach my clients how to do the same. This is one of the most greatly utilized tools that I teach that they tell me they continue to use.
Feeling overwhelmed is just an indication that you need to take a step back and re-group, and create a plan of action that will get you out of where you are into where you want to be.
So how do you shift from being stuck in overwhelm and into action?
- Recognize that you’re in overwhelm and stop what you’re doing.
- Take a deep breath. (Seriously. Deep breathing calms your anxiety and overwhelm is a form of anxiety.)
- Identify the cause of your overwhelm. Are you on a tight deadline? Are you short staffed? Are you worried about cash flow? Get to the cause and decide if it’s a real or perceived problem.
- Go back to the drawing board, literally. (I teach my clients to get it all out on a large white board.)
- Set a timer for 15 minutes and brainstorm possible solutions that you could take action on right now that would help relieve some of your overwhelm.
- Course correct and take action on those steps.
- Be open and willing to ask for help and get it.
With preventative action, you can significantly decrease the amount of overwhelm you experience.
Here’s a quick reminder of the definition of an entrepreneur …one who organizes and manages a business… and since you’ve decided to be an entrepreneur, it’s essential that you get into the habit of organizing and managing your day, week, month and year in a way that helps you avoid getting stuck in overwhelm so you can continue to stay in action and moving toward your dreams.