It’s natural sometimes to feel overwhelmed in your business. You may be feeling overwhelmed because you’ve not got enough time in your day or your workload is too heavy. You may even be feeling overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of your desired goals. And it’s all perfectly normal.
But it isn’t helpful to stay feeling that way. It can cause any number of negative emotions, as well as increase your stress levels. And it can also lead you to feeling stuck in your business.
So you’re going to want to tackle that overwhelm to help move you into a more productive and positive state. That way, you can get proactive and back on with running your business.
Here are some useful tips you can use when you’re feeling overwhelmed in your business.
#1: Walk away for a little while
If you’re feeling overwhelmed in your business, take a break from what you are doing. It might seem counterproductive, but you will come back with fresh energy. Go for a walk, dance around your kitchen or lie down and do a meditation. Do what works for you.
Then when you’re ready, come back and write a fresh list. Decide what needs to be prioritised, what can be ditched (or moved to another day) and what can be delegated. You will feel so much better for it.
#2: Ask for help, if you’re feeling overwhelmed
Don’t sit stressing about something you can get help with. Ask for help. If you need help with the how-to element of something, is there someone you can book a power hour with? If you’re overwhelmed with the quantity of work you have, are you able to outsource some of it to someone else?
#3: Could any of your processes be automated?
You’ll often find that the routine or mundane tasks are the ones that often get forgotten about or neglected. And it’s often those things that take time. But you can usually automate them, as they follow a clear, consistent process.
For example, you can use Calendly or Dubsado for automating booking in client calls. Whilst client onboarding can also be carried out automatically within Dubsado. Check out 7 simple automations you can set up in your business today for more ideas on processes you can automate.
#4: If you’re feeling overwhelmed, write it all down
Sometimes, you simply need to get everything written down. Not only does this get it out of your head and onto paper, but it’s also easier to manage when you can see it all. This process is perfect if you’re feeling overwhelmed with information, ideas and things to do.
You can also write down why you’re feeling overwhelmed. This helps you acknowledge and deal with the feelings and develop a plan of action to move forward. Ask questions such as – What do you feel and why? What do you need right now? Where are you feeling overwhelmed? What is this overwhelm highlighting for you?
#5: Take a micro-action step
It’s hard to get started when you’re feeling overwhelmed in your business. So look for that one micro-action step you can take. This is a simple, straightforward task that will take you less than 5 minutes to do but will help you move forward somehow.
Micro-actions are a great way to boost your confidence and help build momentum. If you’re unsure what step to take, ask yourself – What can you do right now to change how you feel?
It’s natural to have feelings of overwhelm when you run your own business. But it isn’t helpful to stay feeling that way. So implement the above tips to help move you forward. They’ll help you stop feeling overwhelmed in your business and back successfully running it again!
So now it’s over to you! What steps do you take when you’re feeling overwhelmed in your business? Is there any you’d add to my list above? If so, why not drop them in a comment below!