Do you ever feel totally overwhelmed with the tasks you need to do and keep on track with your business day by day.
After years of business and life coaching, I have a few different tips and tools that I would love to share with you, prompted after working with clients this week.
It is very easy for me to just say, “Do this, do that. Go ahead and create a YouTube channel, this and that.” all the time, I see the look in my client’s eyes “Wow, how am I going to fit that into my already busy, busy, busy schedule?”
I think many of us have that overwhelm, in this blog I will share with you 7 strategies to help you overcome business overwhelm.
What is business overwhelm? Well, that’s when you have more things to do and that you don’t already have the time to actually access and do the tasks that you need to do.
“How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.” When it comes to facilitating everything that we do and need to do in our busy lives, look at how you can break these big tasks into smaller tasks. This will help you feel like you are moving forward on and achieving those big goals.
Especially when you are looking at big tasks like creating your YouTube Channel, Creating Blog Content, and your day to day grind.
Account for your time, what tasks are you doing that are not moving you towards your goal, are you procrastinating, what are your time management tools to ensure that you are on track with the time, we all have the same about of time each day, are you using yours effectively?
Does Your Price or Fee reflect the amount of time that you are going to spend on that job?
Many years ago when I was working for an Accounting Firm, we had to allocate our time into 10 minute intervals and this was then charged to the client, now we may have a little difficulty doing this with our fee for service or products, however is your price or rate in congruent with the time you are spending.
Take the task to spend some time working on this, you may find at the end of the week you have worked 60/70 hours and possibly only for a few dollars. Is that why you went into business?
How can you simplify the things that you are already doing? Is there an easier way to achieve this step? Can you use technology, can you resource a quicker system, there are a number of ways that we can be more effective with our time and simplifying is the first step.
Delegate or outsource.
If you don’t have time to do it, it’s sometimes works out more effective to outsource to somebody who does have the time. You can outsource to sites like fiverr.com, it’s not $5 anymore, by the way. There’s Airtask, which is an app here in Australia. You could use Upwork, you could get a Virtual Assistant for a couple of hours a week. You could delegate your task to somebody else in your business, now that’s the biggest struggle that I see with business owners is they go, “It’s easier for me to do it then to get somebody or train someone in my team to do it.” Well, a little bit of insight on training. If you train them effectively to do that task, then you won’t have to retrain them and it will save you time. So how do you actually delegate and outsource your tasks?
My favourite and honestly, it took me a long time to actually develop and to have courage to implement this strategy. This is a very small, tiny word that has two letters. The word is “No”
As business owners, we often want to please all our customers and do everything we possibly can, giving outstanding value and service, if we have a look at the other strategies that I’ve just mentioned, then sometimes it doesn’t align with those strategies or it doesn’t align with our own core values.
Sometimes we need to say, “No, I’m not free Monday at nine o’clock because I have a set task that I need to do.” That could be creating a YouTube video. Your Video marketing is, very important.
Being able to set your tasks, allocate them into your diary, helps you achieve them. Now its time to be assertive and learn to say No, to the actions that are not moving your forward to achieve that business goal.
Again, I’m really, really guilty of this. “Sure. I’ll come and have a cup of coffee with you and spend two hours and you can pick my brain for nothing.”
Keeping the end in mind. This is from the 7 habits of highly effective people, and if you haven’t read this book, grab it. Many of us set a goal and if we get through our to do list and address the objectives that may arise, we may find ourselves looking at all the other opportunities that are arising, often this is called shiny object syndrome and again I am so guilty of this, to achieve our goals we need to stay focussed on our end result or goal this will ensure that we are always on track and moving forward with momentum.
I hope that this has helped you, and what I’ve used in the past … When I was coaching clients around Australia to help them manage their goals we used the One Page Business Plan, this is a one page document that helped the clients and me to keep on track.
If you would like a copy of this, click on the bitly link here,
it will open up by messenger bot and you can download for your business.
Stay Safe, Leanne