3 Easy Tips to Eliminate Overwhelm

As I coached my clients this week, I empathised with them as many shared increased stress and the feeling of overwhelm creeping in. It never fails the week after labour day weekend, the weight of commitments and responsibilities are felt. For many it is the transition of the kids going back to school, getting back to the day to day responsibilities and getting ready to kick-start some new business projects… and it can feel like there is not enough time in the day – that is because there is not! As entrepreneurs we wear many hats, along with having an ongoing to do list and continuing to find the balance between professional and personal priorities, overwhelm is often not far behind.

Here are 3 easy tips to eliminate overwhelm:

overwhelmed1. Be deliberate with your time and attention. No more reacting to whatever comes your way. It’s time to set up your day in a way that ensures that the most important things get done – always! And the best way to get into this mode is to do some planning.

2. Get into the habit of planning. Over the years, I’ve noticed that many professionals feel a bit of resistance to planning. It can tend to feel like you’re not getting much done. But planning in your business is just like exercise and daily flossing – habits that keep you healthy, strong and capable. Yes, we can survive without it… but sooner or later, it all catches up to you. Commit to planning every day, week, month, quarter and year.

3. Start with the end in mind. In other words, think in terms of results. What are your priorities? What is profitable? What are your commitments? What must get done? Figure out your biggest objectives, then work backwards to break them down into manageable action steps.

So how can we be deliberate with our time, make it a habit to plan and start with the end in mind? Check out our video blog for some specific strategies.

Building in success habits such as planning is the difference between management and leadership. In management, you’re busy shuffling your “to-do’s” in an attempt to get everything done. Leadership is making sure you and your team does the right things to move the business forward and generate a healthy profit. Be the leader of your business – or you will be a slave to it. The choice is yours!

We look forward to partnering with you in making this a very productive, fulfilling profitable fall!
teresia

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8 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lucila McElroy on 14.09.11 at 8:21 am

    Thanks Teresia! I completely agree with planning and tweaking as we go along. So easy to forget when we are in overwhelm so thanks for the reminder! Lucila

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    Thanks Desiree. Your feedback is very welcome!

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    Lucila – I love your site! Thanks for sharing.

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