Don’t Let Overwhelm Stop You from Getting Things Done

Whether you’re just thinking about starting your own business, are part way through setting everything up or already up and running, there will come a time (lots of times to be honest) when you will feel complete overwhelm with everything that you’ve got to do.

You might relate to this, but my to do list is never ending and I know full well that I will never get everything done on that list as I just don’t have enough time – even if I could work 24/7, I still wouldn’t have enough time.

But this is a good thing as it means I have to be really smart with the time I do have available and be as productive as I can – after all, I home educate my 3 kids!

So what can you do if you’re in the overwhelm pit of doom and can’t see a way out?  It’s not as difficult as you may think.

Here are 4 simple things you can do that will help you get out of overwhelm and back on track on getting things done.

Set Big Goals
Some people struggle with setting goals but it doesn’t have to be hard.  But goals are so important as it gives you the motivation you need when you’re having a bad day as well as being your guide to achieving what you want.

The best way to look at goals is to get clear on what your perfect business would be (this is your long term goal). What would it look like, how would you be working?

You then break that goal down to show what you need to do to achieve that long term goal – think about 12 – 18 month time.

The key to great goals is to not think of easy goals, they have to be a bit of a stretch for you so that you get out of your comfort zone.  But don’t do unachievable goals either as you’ve got to be able to achieve it.

Brain Dump
The next thing you need to do is to get everything out of your head and on to paper.

What I mean is taking every idea, reminder, task etc and putting it on to paper.  This is normally a liberating exercise as you are freeing up room in your brain for other ideas whilst working through the stuff you need to get done.

This isn’t a complicated task, literally write down what’s in your head.  For example, if you have a new product, what work do you need to do to launch it etc?

Prioritise Work
Once you’ve done your brain dump, you need to go through everything and prioritise the tasks that you need to be doing first.  The key here is to ask yourself 2 questions:

1.    Will this bring money into the business?
2.    Will this move me closer to achieving my goal?

If the answer to either of those questions are no, then you don’t focus time at the moment for that task … or you delegate the work to get it done (or even delete it).

90 Day Action Planning
Now that you have your goals set and work priorities, you need to create an action plan so that you actually implement the work – this is where a lot of people come unstuck!

Look at the goals you have and identify what tasks you think you need to complete to achieve them.

The key here is to split your longer term goals in to 90 day chunks as this is a great time period to help you achieve your goal – it’s a short enough time to give you a sense of urgency.

By doing these 4 simple things, I’ve found it’s helped me and my clients so much to get out of that overwhelmed feeling and back on track to getting things done.

Your action plan
Now it’s your turn, share some of your big goals in the comments below or how you’ve implemented these strategies.