Ever feel like it’s all just too much?
A recent survey showed that 83% of Americans felt “stressed and/or overwhelmed” in the last year and a half.
But you can’t just quit…
After all, the show must go on.
Even if it goes on like this...
But it’s more than just work overwhelm… it’s all.of.the.things.
If you feel chronically overwhelmed, there are some good hacks to have in your back pocket… so you can still get shiz done but with less manic, stress-filled energy.
Which is exactly what we’re going to get into today.
4 Simple Ways to Feel Less Overwhelmed in Your Life and Biz
#1: Choose one day a week as your “catch all” day.
I’m a firm believer in lists (surprise surprise, LOL).
But ya know what? Sometimes the list is just not manageable.
So what I like to do is book “catch-up” blocks into my calendar.
An easier way to do this is to start with 1 day a week.
Some people find it easier to break into daily chunks (like, after the kids go to bed or waking up a couple hours before the rest of your household, like I do).
This is your time to catch up on all the things you haven’t had time to do.
Or all the things around the house that have literally been bugging you for weeks.
I suggest grouping them for even more efficiency.
Like, all the tasks you need to do on your computer or phone:
- Schedule a grocery order.
- Update your books.
- Reply to emails.
- Write or review content.
- Schedule 2 weeks’ worth of social media content.
Meaning, if you need to sit down in a certain place (say, your desk), try to knock out a bunch of things while you’re sitting there.
It’s ok for it to be a mix of business and personal so long as that works for you.
So during the week, instead of getting frustrated that your to-dos aren’t getting knocked off when you planned… ensure you have “catch-up” time planned.
Knowing you have a safety net built in can help reduce overwhelm – and keep you focused on what’s in front of you.
#2. Organize tasks according to your brain space.
The “brain space” way to organize your tasks is grouping them to knock out according to whether they are right brain or left brain activities.
Right brain activities are creative in nature.
- Anything visual.
- Activities involving the external world.
- Designing social posts or an ebook layout.
Left brain activities are linear in nature.
- Anything with numbers.
- Activities involving your inside world.
- Business planning (logic and strategy tasks).
- Writing a blog article or ebook (thinking in words is a left brain function).
If you try to switch between the two halves of your brain function too often, you may get frustrated more easily or find your productivity sinking.
This can lead to feeling overwhelmed… when you could just organize your to-dos a bit better to get them done faster.
#3: Outsource your weaknesses.
You know there’s something you totally suck at, right?
The fact is, most of us put off the things we don’t feel strong in.
If you are a good writer, you probably prioritize that biz to-do over, say, your bookkeeping.
If you know you should go to the grocery store instead of ordering dinner in (again), but you just can’t work up the energy to do it…
There’s actually another way.
Outsource your weaknesses.
Now, I’m using “weakness” as a catch-all term.
It actually might be something you *can* do but just don’t have time for. Or want to do.
And that’s totally ok.
One way to stop feeling overwhelmed is to enlist some help – both personal and professional.
You can hire a virtual assistant (VA) for relatively cheaply. Many good ones are $25 or less per hour.
Yes, you do have to train them or tell them exactly what you need done… but once you get them up to speed, things will be easier for you.
A VA can help you:
- Develop operational systems in your biz.
- Manage your email and calendar.
- Create, schedule, and post your marketing (emails, social, or blogs, as examples).
- Get vital reports and analytics together so you can make smart biz decisions.
- Take care of personal tasks - booking travel, appointments, and reservations.
On the personal side, there are loads of “helpers” (both human and digital) out there for things like:
- Grocery shopping.
- Auto-ship products you use all the time.
- Meal prep and delivery.
- Auto-paying bills.
The point is, if you feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of to-dos on your plate, it’s time to work smarter, not harder.
Figure out what you can offload to someone else (or better yet, automate).
Oh, and one more thing to think about… if you’re hiring help, certain things may be considered a biz expense. Check with your tax professional about this, ok?
#4: Track your progress.
There’s a saying that goes “What you measure, you manage.”
Make it a regular practice to look at your progress – instead of that ever-growing to-do list.
I bet that if you think back to where you were in January of this year – and where you are right now – you’ll be like “holy shiz, that feels like a lifetime ago.”
I love documenting goals and keeping track of progress as I go.
I mean, why do you think to-do lists feel so good? LOL
Focus on what you DID do… what you HAVE accomplished… instead of what you haven’t.
This is a nice thing to do when you really feel down on yourself because you’re overwhelmed.
It’s also important to remind yourself that you’ve done this before… and can do it again.
If you feel chronically overwhelmed… or know that there’s *gotta* be a better way to organize your life…
This special event is your ticket to make more money… and create an impact.
It’s loaded with specialists who know how to do more with less effort.
How to create breathing space and ease… without giving up results.
And super effective mindset tricks to keep going… even when it feels like too much.
(PS: If you’re worried about the fact that you’ve missed the first two days already, don’t stress. Once you getin, I’ll show you how you can catch up later.)
There’s still tons of amazing content coming your way in the Uncap Your Income Summit.
Hope you decide to come!
I’ll see ya online.