When was the last time you felt UNDERWHELMED? My guess is it’s probably been awhile, right?
I work mostly with small business owners. A lot of them have full-time jobs, along with full-time in their businesses, along with full-time families! If there’s one emotion I know a ton about, it’s general overwhelm – when your plate is overflowing. Ever since I started my business over 5 years ago, I’ve pretty much been in a constant state of BUSY (Amen for fulfilling clients!), so for the past 5 years I’ve made it a top priority to conquer it. For me, it’s not really a destination as much as it is a journey. When I was getting prepared for my surgery, was when I finally figured out the secrets to finally CATCHING up and CONQUERING overwhelm. I had to get all my affairs in order, and get in a good spot with my business and life. It took a LOT of trial and error, but I finally figured out all the things I was doing wrong, and I’d love to share those with you.
1. Define your motivations, plans and priorities.
The first step to conquering overwhelm and balancing your life is to figure out what it’s all for. What is your ideal day, and how would you like to spend your time? This is defining the goal that we’ll be working towards.
2. Define your boundaries, and STICK to them.
This will finally set limits and rules to start clearing out time to conquer overwhelm. Develop a set of rules (your OWN rules) and do your best to stick to them. Let your clients know what your boundaries are and be firm.
3. Develop your team and delegate.
In this step, we will decide where you should spend your time, and where you should not. Which areas make sense for you to spend your time, and which do not. This step is one of the hardest to do, because it’s SO HARD for us to let go of things. This also means developing a budget for this as well.
4. Develop a customized schedule.
The old ways of organization and scheduling are out of date. Develop a personalized schedule for yourself that includes the little “fires” we have every day with clients, or family. Schedule in time for Yoga class. Give yourself an HOUR for lunch (yeah, when was the last time you did that?). Schedule your design time for when you’re MOST creative. Work WITH your style and not against it.
These are the basics, and YES they can be tough, but THEY WORK! It’s important to tackle overwhelm, because if you do nothing, it will only get worse. If you continue doing the same things, the same way, you’ll get burned out, and it may start unraveling at the seams. It’s not one of those things that fixes itself with time. You have to DO SOMETHING in order to see results.