[heading style="2"] Overwhelm can decrease your effectiveness and productivity [/heading]
Does this sound like you…. Alarm clock shocks you awake at an unreasonable hour in the morning – sometimes before sunrise – and you hit the snooze button – more than once!
Overwhelm can decrease your effectiveness and your productivity, increase stress and mistakes, and increase the possibility of losing customers. You know what your day is going to be like, and you already feel the sense of overwhelm even before getting up out of bed. Workout, shower, breakfast, and get to work. And if you have to commute to work – well that only contributes to your overwhelm.
We all have to make time for the administrative part of our business, don’t we? Working ON our business is as important as working IN our business. But sometimes it gets overwhelming, and we think that maybe we’re in over our heads. And you might be right.
Now, I’m not an expert on stress – but I do know a lot about how it affects you physically and mentally. But I’ve been there – done that! And even now, I sometimes feel overwhelmed and I seem to lose the desire to work my business as I should.
Let’s look at 3 ways to lessen the feeling of overwhelm when working ON your business:
- Chunk down your chores: When you write up your to-do list make sure you don’t schedule all your admin work for one day. Break up the list over the course of a few days. This way you won’t feel as if you have to get everything done by the time you have to pick up the kids from school, or get to that business meeting with a potential client. Take it easy – Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your business won’t be either.
- Take frequent breaks: I used to be able to work straight through the day without taking a break. However, working long hours without a break took it’s toll on me – and the work I did as well. It’s not how fast you do it – it’s how well you do it! Not taking breaks can leave you tense, and soon you’ll lose your effectiveness. So, schedule in a break to take a walk around the block, call a friend, or pour yourself a cup of coffee and park yourself in a comfy lawn chair with a good book and bask in the sunshine to soak up some much needed vitamin D for about 15 minutes.
- Outsource: You don’t have to do it all alone. Matter of fact – you really CAN’T do it all alone. Work on the tasks you like and are good at and give the rest to someone else. Hire a Virtual Assistant to give you a hand with those administrative tasks you don’t like doing. Your VA can free up your time so that you can do the work you LOVE to do…the work that actually brings in the money. Matter of fact, get a hold of my VA, Jodi with Smart VA For You.Hiring a VA is NOT expensive, and it’s COST EFFECTIVE!
Outsource, outsource, outsource! Accounting, bookkeeping, writing, PowerPoint creation, phone calls, whatever it is that is keeping you from your real work.
Running your business shouldn’t be the stress factor in your life. You should enjoy your business – isn’t that why you went into business in the first place? Because you love what you do?
What are some of the things that are overwhelming you in your business? How are you dealing with it? Share your comments with us below.