3 Ways to Combat Entrepreneur Overwhelm
I’ve been seeing a theme among many of my clients lately as this year comes to a close. So many of us (myself included) are dealing with a nasty case of entrepreneur overwhelm. Now y’all listen. I know there are approximately 84638484 planets in retrograde right now and this Florida heat (or Winter cold if you’re almost anywhere else besides where I live) is getting to our brains but life + biz are feeling really sticky right now. Amirite?
Keep reading thought because here’s where it gets good.
WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.
So technically we can’t make the planets stop retrograding (womp womp) but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve to combat the end-of-year entrepreneur overwhelm ASAP.
If you’ve been feeling like there are too many things to get done (and words-of-the-year to choose) before the holidays hit, the ball drops in Times Square and the reality of planning exactly how you’re going to achieve all of your big goals for 2019 slaps you right in your face, you should know you’re not alone.
Not even a little. Heck, I hate to admit it...but making all of those big, scary goals is part of what makes you and I amazing at what we do. It’s because we dare to dream, dare to plan and dare to execute on the things that make us scarcited.
But I want to make sure you don’t let the overwhelm currently setting up shop in your brain takeover and keep you from making 2019 everything you want it to be and more.
So to help you move through your overwhelm and get you from idea to plan to execution, I’m sharing my top 3 ways to combat entrepreneur overwhelm...New Year style.
One of the things I’m best at is helping my clients create a big picture dream for their business and then breaking it down into bite-sized and easily accessible pieces. So let’s do that today!
1. BRAIN DUMP.
Girl listen, I know you have exactly 9 billion tasks, ideas, dreams and goals swirling around in your pretty little head right now. It’s enough to make you go insane, say “F IT ALL” and down a bottle of champagne to drown out the noise. Wait, is that just me? NAH!
The first step to getting all your ideas out of your brain is to get them down on paper (or into a google doc).
Go set a timer for 20 minutes and WRITE. Let it all out, without censoring or filtering or even correcting your grammar.
Next, break that list up into things that you actually want and need to do for your business and life and let go of the rest. Get picky here girl because while you can do anything, you can’t do everything.
Last, start mapping out how and when you want to get it all done. I use Asana for task management and it’s a game-changer for my business. I’ll also be experimenting with Power Sheets this year as well. The platform or tool doesn’t matter, what matters most is that you get it all OUT of your brain and onto paper (or virtual paper) and then map out how you’re going to get it all done.
2. CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF.
So now you have this big, beautiful list of goals, tasks and stuff. HOORAY! Big pat on the back, sister.
Now, I want you to take a moment to connect back to your why before looking back at that list. Why did you start your business? Is it for your family so that you can spend more present time with them? Is it for your mental health, so that you can stress less and enjoy life more? Is it for the impact, so that you can feel like you’re actually doing good on this earth?
Whatever your why (and listen, there is no wrong why) make sure those goals/tasks on your list are in alignment with it. What I see so often is that clients get a case of comparisonitis or squirrelitis. They see someone else starting podcasts, creating opt-ins, selling courses, etc. and think that’s gotta be their next big thing. And listen, it very well may be. But it only makes sense (and will only make you feel amazing about all that you’ve accomplished at the end of 2019) if it’s in alignment with your why.
So, scan that list once more and make sure your goals/tasks are for you and not because you think you’re supposed to do them.
3. STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER. '
Y’all, this is the hardest one for us type-A, driven ladies.
So often, my clients think in order to make more impact and income they have to give more, do more, be more. NOPE. In fact, this is the exact recipe for burnout. What’s been true for me is that the more I take care of myself by walking away from working 24/7, the more results I see in my business.
Just how do you do that? Make a list of at least 10 things that fill you up outside of work. My list looks like this:
Spending time outside
Spending present time with my family
Loving on my dogs
Talking with friends
And then do AT LEAST 2 of them each day. The important piece here is that you get away from your screen, get away from work and recharge your batteries.
And, if you prefer to watch or listen to my 3 ways to combat entrepreneur overwhelm, check out this Facebook LIVE I did on this exact subject right here!
So there you have it! Once you’ve gone through this process I’d love for you to shoot me an email and let me know how it went. What are your big goals for 2019?
Sara Wiles is an Online Business Mentor for done-for-you service providers. She helps Virtual Assistants, Online Business Managers and Social Media Managers go from frazzled to focused, stark to sold out and bewildered to balanced.
Through her unique, personal mentoring style she supports her clients through confidence building, clarity gaining, mindset managing and massive action taking.
She spent 8 years traveling the US producing high-end corporate (and a few celebrity) events before becoming an entrepreneur. After just 4 weeks of starting her business, she filled her roster, replaced her 9-5 income and brought on a team. Sara is also a wife, mama, dog mama, exercise enthusiast, champagne connoisseur and four-letter word addict.
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