How to avoid overwhelm

You know that feeling of being overwhelmed in your business?

We’ve all been there. Maybe it’s a client who needs an urgent response, or a project that’s taking longer than you anticipated. Maybe you’re just not getting enough sleep because you’re trying to do too many things.

No matter how it happens, it’s important to know how to handle overwhelm so that it doesn’t make your business suffer. Here are some tips:

Take a breath!

You don’t need to do everything at once, and if you can’t do everything at once then decide what’s most important and focus on those tasks first.

Set boundaries

Often we become overwhelmed because we assume we have to be on call 24/7 and do all the things all of the time. If one of your boundaries is not to work weekends, don’t. Don’t want to check your email after 5pm? Don’t! Clear boundaries give people clear expectations about what their job entails—and that makes life easier for everyone involved!

Prioritise yourself

Schedule your ‘me time’ in the calendar FIRST. Prioritise this as if you look after yourself, your business will be much healthier (and so will you!)

Outsource

If there really is too much to do, think about what can be outsourced and consider getting some help to do it. That way the tasks still get done, but you’re not completely burned out trying to get through it all

Ultimately, it’s about a healthy work/life balance. There will always be more to do—always, always, always—and there will always be the urge to spend all of your time doing that thing. It’s up to you to resist that urge and make sure you take care of yourself as well. Because if you don’t, no one else will.