Well today I am feeling a bit sentimental. I want to first of all thank all those who have been reading my blog posts and give a warm welcome to the new readers. This post comes straight from my heart! My entrepreneurship journey thus far have been an enlightening and challenging experience. I love the fact that you get the opportunity to expand your knowledge by wearing many different hats; whether it’s your creating hat, marketing hat, sales hat, training hat and more. However, it can be very overwhelming when you are inundated with so many things to do and this is coupled with information overload. So today, I share five simple steps that I’ve used to deal with the ‘Overwhelm Syndrome‘.
Stop now and recharge!
Stop everything that you are doing and find a quiet place to relax. Take some deep breaths, meditate and calm your mind. This time is precious, because it helps you to recharge!
2. Find your sweet inspiration spot and refocus !
Find that spot where you feel inspired to work. It could be located in your back garden, or the library. For me, it’s a particular seat on my sofa, with my legs stretched out! Ensure that you remove all distractions, such as the television and the cell phone. Now, go back to your WHY ? Why did you want to become an entrepreneur? Why are you doing what you are doing? What is your motivation? This helps you to refocus again.
3. Re-strategise and Plan!
Perform an audit of the last week or month. What did you achieve? Were you effective? What factors prevented you from reaching your goal? Prepare a new work plan that is based on SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused and Time Bound. So, prepare an overall monthly, then weekly work plan! Then break those goals down into small actionable and measurable steps. Set a daily To-do list. When you have completed that task, give it a lovely big red tick! It sure feels good to see that you got it done!
4. Elimination Process
Quite often we see an interesting offer and subscribe to a mailing list. However, let’s be honest with ourselves. We really do not have the time to read half of them. So, it’s time to go back to that email box, which now has over 100 emails and going. Just click delete and unsubscribe for all those which you know you will not have the time for. This one worked wonders for me, psychologically! When I had finally cleaned up my mail box I felt free! I also felt less overwhelmed because I was no longer inundated with emails everyday. One essential tip though! Create a folder and save those newsletters which you will love to read when you do have the time!
5. Have a Confidence Mantra!
Even the successful entrepreneurs have to conquer their fears and limitations. Choose a confidence mantra to constantly utilise in your self-talk. It may be that famous quote from Tony Robbins, or that special bible verse.
To conclude, take your entrepreneurship journey one day at a time so you don’t feel overwhelm. Implement those steps above, and add a few of your own! You will feel empowered to succeed!
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I leave you with this inspirational video published by The SBJLive on Dealing with Overwhelm!