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How To Prevent Business Overwhelm

Published on 5/5/2019
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How do you prevent business overwhelm?

Many of my mentor clients tell me they feel overwhelmed running their own business. It doesn’t matter whether your business is brand new or 20 years old, there are many things to juggle as a business owner. You are not alone in feeling overwhelmed sometimes, and there are some very common reasons why you feel overwhelmed:

  • Being everything to everyone
  • Focusing on too many things at once
  • Being too optimistic about how much time it takes to do a task
  • Adding too many appointments and projects to your weekly calendar
  • Not saying “no” to people and projects

Notice how all these things are a CHOICE you made. Every time you make a choice to do too much, you make a choice to feel overwhelmed.

You are in control. You are in control of your calendar. You are in control of which projects are the top priority. You are in control of your beliefs and thoughts about your business. You’re in control about whether you answer a ringing phone or not. Last, but not least you are in control of how you will react to all issues as they arise. 

One of the biggest challenges of running a small business is prioritizing a wide variety of tasks and challenges. Here are ideas to prevent overwhelm.

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1.   Delegate tasks that well-trained administrative staff can complete with or without supervision.
2.   Prioritize and focus on your top priorities. 
3.   Say No.

4.   Create hourly, weekly, monthly goals.
5.   Organize your workspace.

6.   Set a clear work routine.

7.   Close email and social media sites during peak work periods.

8.   Take 10-minute breaks every hour
9.   Write down your thoughts, reminders, and ideas as they come up throughout the day. 
10.   Give your undivided attention to each task. When you need to focus on a particular task, avoid thinking about the other ones you need to do.

11.  Set marketing as a high priority.

12.  Set up an efficient filing system.

13.   No worry allowed.

14.  Create an at-a-glance project planner. 

15.  Allow for Murphy’s Law.

16.  Action alleviates stress/worry

17.   Focus on all tasks as making success transpire.

18.  Review and reflect periodically during the day, week, month

19.   Make and enforce set business hours.
20. Recognize You Can’t Do It All - hire capable staff as needed, including freelancers and service providers.

21. You're the boss. Set standards, including for yourself and enforce them. 

Which of these do you use? What others would you use or recommend?

Pick the ones that seem like it will work well for you and take a month to make it a habit. Then pick another and another until you can feel your overwhelm and anxiety disappear.

I wish you a peaceful and productive business life!

I am here only to be truly helpful. I offer a 20-minute FREE, no obligation conversation to answer your questions and to explain how I assist people to maximize their effectiveness an efficiency.  

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