How to Keep Moving Forward When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

How to Keep Moving Forward When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

If you are running your own business, and/or working full time and are trying to maintain a work-life balance, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. There is always so much to do every day and the list seems to grow ever longer as new technology, marketing methods, clients and so on all need to be dealt with.

Some people get so overwhelmed, they shut down completely. They literally donĂ­t know what to do next. Others give in to negativity and think they will never be successful or reach their goals. The good news is there are a number of ways to keep moving forward even when you are feeling overwhelmed. Here are some suggestions.

Review Your Current Goal(s)

You should be working on a particular goal to help grow your business or improve your career. If you don’t have one, set one.

Make a List of Action Steps That Can Help You Achieve That Goal

What things can you do, a couple every day, to help you reach the goal you have set?

Take a Break

Allow yourself breaks through the day. You don’t have to work every second.

Create a Timetable You Can Live With

Your timetable should include time for work, play, exercise, relaxation and stress relief every day. You won’t feel like you are forcing yourself as much if you are living a more balanced life.

Change Your Definitions

A lot of people struggle with “writer’s block” and find themselves stuck staring at a blank piece of paper or computer screen. Instead of stressing about not writing, rethink what writing is. It can be research, editing, polishing, curating content for your blog, and so on.

Automate Typical Tasks

In most businesses, there are typical tasks that need to be done regularly according to a set pattern. See if you can find software or apps that can help you automate as much of the task as possible so it doesn’t eat up your time.

Get Help

Overwhelm is the result of trying to do too much. Sooner or later, you will need to find one or more freelancers or virtual assistants who can help.

Break Down Your Work into Your Essential Roles

We all have tasks in our businesses that only we can do. Then there are tasks that can be delegated to a freelancer. Make a list of all the tasks you must do yourself. Then make a list of all the other tasks you are currently doing, but which could be outsourced.

Next, be honest. Think about the tasks you love doing versus the ones you find tedious or are really not very good at. These would also be good tasks to delegate. In this way, your time will be freed up so you can concentrate on things that really motivate you – particularly money-making tasks.

Learn How to Say No

A lot of us try to be people pleasers and agree to things even though they don’t match our mission in business or in life. As a result, we cause our own stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. It is important to learn how to say no, mean it, and stick to it. There’s no need for a lengthy explanation or apology. Just say you can’t manage at this time and leave it at that so on one tries to talk you around. Once you start to say no, you’ll feel freer and the sense of overwhelm will ease, making every day a lot less stressful.

Follow these tips to move forward instead of feeling overwhelmed.

Grow Your Business by Refining and Mastering Your Craft

Grow Your Business by Refining and Mastering Your Craft

Starting a new business is always exciting. There’s so much to do and you are so full of enthusiasm; every day seems like a new adventure. Sadly, for many, if they don’t get the (financial) results they are hoping for, their dream business can turn into a nightmare.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to grow your business and make the most of the opportunities it offers. Refining and mastering your craft is one of the best.

1. Know Yourself

Hopefully, you have chosen to start your business in a niche or industry you know a good deal about, and are also genuinely interested in. Some people will just try to go for the money and pick a niche because they have heard it was profitable. But unless you are really interested in learning more about it, you will get bored – especially if it does not turn into the money-spinner you were hoping it would be. Follow your passions, not just your purse.

2. Be Willing to Learn

Being willing to learn is another cornerstone to success. No niche stays exactly the same. And unless you have an MBA in marketing, there is always something new to learn about online marketing, especially when new techniques and trends come down the pipeline.

There are many ways to gain knowledge, from regularly reading top websites and blogs, to taking courses online at college, to getting coaching from an expert in your niche or in marketing techniques that really work. Invest time each day to learn more about new techniques. Make it a point of attending online webinars on hot topics related to your business. Watch how-to videos on YouTube.

Set aside some of your profits to get coaching, attend an online course, or go to an industry summit. Remember, keep all your receipts in order to deduct the expenses on your taxes. Being a lifelong learner is one of the best ways to get an edge on your competition and grow a thriving business.

3. Practice Makes Perfect

Practicing your craft every day is bound to help you improve it. Learning a new marketing method will not be much use if you don’t use the skills you’ve learned to get better at them and to grow your business in a whole new direction.

You might also find yourself dusting off some old skills you haven’t used in a while, but which are just what you need to expand your business.

4. Challenge Yourself to Do Better

Running your own business can be a profitable path to personal growth as well as business growth. Why settle for average results when you can push yourself a little bit harder and do better.

5. Track and Test Regularly

Many online business owners are not fond of tracking or testing. Yet the two together are essential for business growth. Tracking shows you what has happened at your site. Testing shows you how you can improve your results.

Tracking and testing require patience and effort, but just think, if testing can boost your sales rate from 1% to 5%, just think what increasing your profits by 500% could do for your business. Make the most of free tools like Google Analytics and Google Experiments, and watch your business grow by leaps and bounds.