Feeling overwhelmed with work? Here are 2 simple solutions.

feeling overwhelmed

It’s challenging to keep going in business – especially when you’re running it with young kids in tow.

 

There’s so much to juggle, organise, and manage. Everyone at home depends on you. At work, the buck stops with you.

Do you get days when you feel completely overwhelmed?

If you have, follow these two tips to help you tackle and overcome it, once and for all.

 
Honour yourself

If you don’t take time to look after yourself, you’ll be no good to anyone – your kids, your family or to your clients.

So honour yourself and your sanity by buying out some time for you.

One way you can do this, is by purging some of those tasks.

For example, take a long hard look at your to do list.  Are there any items that you never get round to completing, or even starting?

Do you simply keep them rolling over from one week to the next – you can’t start them, but don’t want to let them go?

If you have, then it’s time to re-evaluate what you’re holding on to and why. Ask yourself whether what you’re holding on to will realistically make a difference to you at this moment in time.

If the honest answer is, no it won’t, then cross it off. For good.

Once you’ve crossed the ‘No-Hopers’, take a look at the items that remain.

Which ones are important, but don’t necessarily need you to tackle them?

Are there, for example, mundane tasks that you really don’t enjoy? If there are, you won’t get extra brownie points or even an award in heaven for slugging it out week after week.

Outsource them. Seriously, there are people out there dying to take them away from you for a small fee. Go find those people and make them (and yourself) happy.

Once you are free from the stress of feeling you have too much to do, you can begin to make that all important decision of what you will, or will not, take on from now on.

This is where you’ll need to learn the art of saying a very firm ‘NO’ more often.

After all, it could be that your indiscriminately saying yes to everyone because you don’t want to let them down, contributed to your overwhelm in the first place.

Responding with an honest: “No. I’m sorry, but I can’t do this for you right now..” puts you in the best place to be able to say “Yes” to what really matters.

It puts you in a place where you can be your very best.

 

Honour your priorities
Probably a close second to honouring yourself is to honour your priorities.

Of course, you need to establish priorities in the first place, so pick up that to do list again – or perhaps it’s a separate one – and set clear priorities for the day.

Break down your tasks into small manageable chunks. So instead of:

“Get my marketing sorted…”

try

“Monday: Contact 5 local businesses”
“Wednesday: Send follow-up emails”
Tasks broken down into steps in this way will seem far less overwhelming, so you’ll feel more inclined to tackle them head on.

Having a clear handle on your priorities will also make it much easier to respond with that polite ‘No’ I referred to earlier.

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Author:

I’m Mary Cummings, a ghostwriter, collaborator and all round word doctor. I help business owners write and publish business books; I'm also passionate about helping creative freelancers find work that they love - their work sweet spot with work on their terms, projects they love and clients who are a dream to work for.

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