Practical Ways to Address Overwhelm

Spiritual Business Success With Rev. Dr. Ahriana Platten

“It’s Monday and I’m running on overwhelm already!”

You might think this came from one of my clients – but I heard it fall out of my own mouth yesterday!

Feeling overwhelmed in business is normal. It happens to all of us. And when it happens, it can be hard to think clearly enough to figure out your next steps. Everything seems important and time seems limited. (I started a big project this week. What’s new and a bit overwhelming for you?)

Reducing overwhelm involves a strategic approach to prioritization, delegation, and simplification. Here’s are the steps I took – steps you can take too:

Identify Core Activities:

Begin by writing down the core activities that directly contribute to your business goals. These are your high-impact tasks that drive revenue, customer satisfaction, and growth.

Understanding what truly matters to your business can help you focus on what's essential.

Evaluate, Prioritize and Eliminate:

Evaluate each task and project for its importance and urgency. Categorize tasks into four quadrants: important and urgent, important but not urgent, not important but urgent, and not important and not urgent. Focus on the tasks that are important, whether they are urgent or not, as these will contribute most significantly to your business's success. Check your list to see if anything can be eliminated. Its normal for me to find several tasks that I simply don’t need to do. Eliminating them helps me feel like I’ve given myself the gift of more time.

Delegate and Outsource:

Look for tasks that can be delegated to team members or outsourced. Delegation is not just about offloading work; it's about empowering your team and utilizing everyone's strengths effectively. Outsourcing can be beneficial for tasks that are not core to your business or require specialized skills that your team might not possess.

Streamline Processes:

Simplify your business processes by eliminating unnecessary steps, automating repetitive tasks, and improving efficiency. Tools and software solutions can help manage time-consuming tasks like email management, social media scheduling, and customer relationship management.

Set Boundaries and Learn to Say No:

One of the most challenging yet important strategies is learning to say no to opportunities, projects, or demands that do not align with your core business goals or values. Setting clear boundaries around your time and resources will help protect what's most important.

Implement Time Management Techniques:

Adopt time management techniques such as time blocking, where you allocate specific blocks of time to different tasks or activities. This can help you focus on one task at a time and reduce the feeling of being pulled in multiple directions. Put these blocks on your calendar so you don’t have to hold all the information in your head.

Regular Review and Adjust:

Business needs and priorities can change over time. Regularly review your activities, projects, and goals to ensure they still align with your business strategy. Be prepared to cut out tasks or projects that no longer serve your business well.

Mindset and Support:

Recognize that feeling overwhelmed is a signal, not a failure. It’s an opportunity to reassess and make necessary adjustments. Seek support from mentors, peers, or business coaches who can offer advice, perspectives, and strategies to manage overwhelm.

Making your business life more spacious is about making strategic decisions that align with your goals, delegating where possible, and focusing on activities that add value. It’s a continuous process of learning and adjustment to ensure that you are working on the right things at the right time.

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