If you are a human being, and you are alive right now, chances are you have experienced overwhelm. Overwhelm is something we all deal with from time to time, and as business owners, we face it more often. We can all overcome overwhelm, we just need to recognise it.
Six signs that you are overwhelmed.
- You’re not present. Your mind is everywhere, but here
- You can’t concentrate.
- You experience high levels of anxiety. Therefore your decision-making capabilities are limited.
- You spend too much time in one area of your life and neglect the rest.
- Your level of enjoyment has reduced almost to nothing.
- You feel stressed.
Generally, overwhelm is caused by too much on our plate or too much information.
There are many reasons why we become overwhelmed; here are a few:
1. We have unrealistic expectations
2. We take on too much
3. We put too much pressure on ourselves and then talk down to ourselves
5. Wanting to control everything
6. Identifying yourself as an overachiever.
Ways to overcome overwhelm:
- Brain dump
When you feel overwhelmed, a lot is going on in your head. You don’t have mental space to think clearly because there is too much going on. It’s time to clear the clutter! Get everything onto paper or a computer. Putting pen to paper without judging the thought creates space in your mind. This process can behave a cathartic effect and will allow you to release emotions.
If you have a prioritisation method that works for you, use it. If you need some ideas prioritising, here are a few:
The 3 Ds: Delete, Delegate, and Delay.
- Do I need to do this task?
- Is this task necessary?
You may not know the answer to the questions immediately. Some trial and error may be necessary. Give it a go, see what works and what doesn’t. Before deciding to do a task, first determine if it is essential.
Are you the one who has to complete the task, or can it be done by someone else? This may require that you put some trust in someone else, it may be difficult at first, but it will free up a lot of your time, so give it a chance.
Does this activity need to be done today? Can you postpone or delay the task?
The Tim Ferris Method
Tim Ferris uses 3 questions:
The questions are based on the Pareto principle or the 80/20 rule.
1. What 20% of activities, responsibilities, or people will give me 80% of the results and positive emotional states I want?
Including the emotional state is essential; how you feel is just as important as what you deliver.
2. What are the 20% of responsibilities, activities or people creating the pain and negative emotional states?
Identify what is draining your energy.
3. What if this was easy?
This may lead you to get help from others, or you may find a more efficient way of completing the task.
Some more questions that will help you to prioritise are:
- What is the most important to me?
- What will make me happier and fulfilled?
- What do I love doing?
- What feels like the right thing?
3. Proactively plan your day/week.
4. Pause or Take a Break – remember that motion manages emotion
6. Address your stinking thinking
- Is this accurate?
- Is this reasonable?
- Is this helpful?
7. Spend your time wisely
Parkinson’s law says that we will use the space with activity. So if you set aside 2 hours to do your marketing, it will take you 2 hours to do that marketing. The best way to manage Parkinson’s law is by blocking out time for the things you want to get done. This means you need to plan in advance. If you are unsure about that, go back to point 3.
8. Consume Less Information
We are bombarded by information all the time! Take a step back, think about what you need to know and only cover that. Consider switching off social media for a while…
Don’t blindly assume that experts advice is right for you. Many times in the past, I’ve followed specific guidance for business, personal development, or health and found that it was not suitable for me.
Consume enough information so that you can take action. When you take action, be aware of how this feels in your body. Does it feel like the right thing? Listen to your intuition.
9. Get for Help
Overwhelm can be overcome by getting some help. Alone we are limited in what we can achieve, but together we can change the world!
Alone we are limited in what we can achieve, but together we can achieve great things.
10. Set Boundaries – No is a Blessed word!
You can always make more money, but you cannot make more time. Spend it wisely. When we say yes to things we didn’t want to do, we become resentful of the task and the person we are doing it for. The more significant impact on the relationship is negative. Saying “no” may sting for a moment, but the relationship will last long after the blessed “no.”
When you can offer alternatives.
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