Feeling overwhelmed? 7 tools to support you
As business owners, our minds are full of tasks, clients and our never-ending to-do lists. Our schedules can become jam-packed full of client and project jobs on top of everything we need to manage outside of our business in our personal lives and it can become hard to see a way through.
Overwhelm starts creeping in and begins affecting our overall mental and physical health. Unless we take action to stop it in its tracks.
In this episode, I’m sharing with you 7 tools, tactics and strategies I employ to overcome overwhelm.
You can react to overwhelm by doubling down on your work and spending hours and hours in front of your computer every day, or you may retreat into a space of inaction where you avoid everything because so many jobs are competing for your attention.
Whichever way overwhelm manifests, having a toolkit to support you as you go through it is absolutely essential.
I’ll take you through the tools and strategies that I use in my own business as well as identify episodes that you can deep dive into to unpack ideas.
I want you to focus on and take away just one thing from this episode that you can start using in your business today - I don’t want to add to your overwhelm by asking you to adopt them all at once!
Grab a pen and paper and write down these 7 tools to tackle overwhelm head-on by building a sustainable business and actively reducing stress in your personal life.
Topics We Covered:
1:40]: Most business owners will experience overwhelm at some point.
[1:58]: Overwhelm is the feeling that everything is getting on top of you. It can be hard to take action because everything competes for your attention.
[2:45]: You respond by doubling down on your work or you retreat and sit in a space of avoidance.
[3:33]: Tools to overcome overwhelm. #1 is to identify what you are saying ‘yes’ to. If you have too many tabs open in your business or life, your internal processor will get overwhelmed and you won’t be able to perform at your usual high level.
[5:44]: Listen to Episode 36: Own your yes (and your time), to achieve your goals this year.
[7:05]: #2 Making your work simple. You can overcomplicate everything in your business or you can strip it back and make everything simple and still achieve the same result.
[10:50]: If things are more complicated than they need to be: Ask yourself, how can I make this simpler?
[11:25]: #3 Take time out. Get creative, what are different ways you can get a break?
[15:00]: Take a break from social media and go for a walk, do breathing exercises or read a book instead. Take a holiday or a weekend away. Structure time in your work week that is just for you.
[16:51]: #4 Get support. You can’t do it all on your own.
[19:31]: Reflect on the support you need in your home life too.
[20:20]: #5 Developing a business model that supports your life situation. My family informs the big decisions I make in my business.
[23:22]: We carry an enormous amount of emotional labour that takes up space. Don’t discount the overwhelm that’s happening in your personal life.
[23:50]: Listen to Episode 42: Build your business YOUR WAY!
[23:57]: #6 Hire a business coach. It’s my job to help you understand what you want from your business, how to achieve them and look at every component in your business to make sure it’s working for you.
[26:39]: #7 Make a plan. Have a clear goal with realistic timelines and an action plan on how you’re going to achieve them.
[27:38]: Listen to Episode 12: Why you need a plan in your business.
[28:05]: Don’t forget to use planning in your life too.
[28:50]: Think about just 1 thing that you’ll employ from this episode. Nothing changes if nothing changes.
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About your host, Kristy
Hi, I'm Kristy, thank you for tuning in to the Run Your Business Like a Boss Podcast. My purpose for the podcast is to help Business Owner’s in the growth stage of business (messy middle) have a sustainable business, they love.
I’m an online business coach, based in Brisbane, Australia. I provide 1:1 business coaching, to Service Based Online Business Owner's and a group coaching program commencing in 2022. I believe whole heartedly that having a Business Coach is what gives you the competitive edge. As your coach I support you to overcome challenges quickly, uncover blindspots and make business decisions with confidence and clarity. All of which keeps you moving forward and maintaining momentum.
As your Business Coach, my role is to help you organise and formulate your ideas, turn them into a goal and then into an actionable plan! All while meeting you where you're at and providing you relevant tools and support along the way.
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