Overwhelm is one of those difficulties we all face at some point in our business! It can sneak up on us when we least expect it, just when we think we are heading in the right direction. At first we may feel like we are so panicked there’s just no obvious way out of the ‘overwhelm mist’, next comes the feeling of hopelessness and that all purpose is lost. At this point, we will often have no idea how to pick ourselves up but step by step it can and does get better. You might find your own techniques for dealing with this invasive feeling but here are my ways to deal with the angst and still make progress!
Break down the tasks
I know I am not alone when I sit down to my desk in the morning and sometimes look at the task I have ahead and instantly recoil, feeling like there is no way I am going to be able to get the project finished! It’s a classic instigator for overwhelm as we can suddenly feel like we are totally out of our depth.
My advice here and one that works for me is to break down the tasks. If for example you have a task of getting your entire months social media marketing sorted, instead of looking at it as one huge project set smaller tasks to complete. This might look like the below:
- Create social media calendar
- Create content in batches – e.g – create all Instagram posts for the month, then move on to creating all Facebook posts etc etc
- Plan out blog posts for the month
- Create drafts of blog posts
- Gather images to go with blog posts
- Create social media graphics to accompany blog posts
Working in this way will allow you to see which ‘mini tasks’ need priority and I find that ticking off each task as I go helps with productivity as I feel with every stage I am making great progress! You will soon feel the overwhelm vanishing and instead replaced by a women on a mission!
Create a schedule
I have mentioned in a previous post about creating a schedule to work from. This will not only help with the overwhelm but will ensure the important tasks you have are going to get done.
As a Mom in Business, you might only have a few hours each day to get everything done before your mom role resumes, so your time is precious. If you sit down at your desk feeling overwhelmed and no idea how to get started the chances are you are just not going to get much done. Maybe you don’t know where to start or perhaps you find that the overwhelm just leads to you sitting on social media and not focusing on any of your tasks. The benefits of having a schedule all mapped out will help you to get started and help you keep focused on the important tasks of the day.
Take time out
If nothing else is working sometimes it’s easier to walk away for a while. Go for a walk, do some jobs around the house that will take you mind off things. Whatever you do, just make sure you feel better and more focused before resuming work. I often will listen to some motivational videos on Youtube while cleaning which really get me fired up and ready to take on the world!
Reach out for support
We can’t do everything ourselves, sometimes we need to admit we need some help no matter how independent we are. At times, I find it can be really useful to have the support of someone or a group of people who are on a similar path and who can offer advice, support or even just to act as a sounding board. When the overwhelm kicks in, my support group are there to help me overcome hurdles or just guide me out of the ‘funk’.
You can’t go through this alone and you shouldn’t have to…I have made some fantastic friendships with like-minded mom entrepreneurs over the years. Knowing that I have people around me to share the highs and lows of this journey has really helped to level up in my business and kept me going during times of need.
Don’t compare yourself to others
When you are already feeling a little like overwhelm is taking over, one of the worst things you can do is to start looking at your competitors or those in your space to compare yourself to them. The truth of the matter is this is only going to make your overwhelm feel even more larger than life!
Although you may be in the same industry, your competitors are all on their own path and often people only let you see what they want you to see. The Mom in Business who has got her stuff together and is earning ‘6 figures’ may actually be only bringing in just a fraction of that per month but of course they don’t want to share that truth. Or perhaps they are bringing that salary but they also have a nanny so they never feel hindered in working 60-80 hours a week.
Stay true to your own journey, focus on your own success plans and never let doubt or fear take over.