Four Habits That Make You Feel Overwhelmed

You probably assume that feelings of overwhelm are a reaction to external factors.

My employees keep interrupting me…

The market is changing and I need to adapt…

I have so much to do and there aren’t enough hours in the day…

There are certainly plenty of external factors that will make things more difficult for you, so it’s time to make sure you aren’t making matters worse with these four nefarious habits.

  1. Trying to do it all yourself. You can’t do it all yourself and you don’t need to. Leverage your team, they want to help. Leverage contractors who can provide you a solution while you tackle the work only you can do. Instead of measuring success by how much you do in a given week, consider measuring how much you delegate.
  2. Underestimating rest. There is no progress without rest. You must take time to recuperate and recharge from the work you are doing. Engage in a hobby that takes your mind off of your business in the evenings. Catch up on your favorite shows to give your brain a break from the grind. Go to bed a little earlier and keep your phone out of reach. You just might return to your business with a new level of inspiration and vigor.
  3. Resisting change. Wishing things were the way they used to be is a recipe for misery. Change can be overwhelming as you adapt to new rhythms, but it will destroy you if you are actively resisting it. Consider the Five Stages of Grief as you make your way from “I Want It That Way” to “You’re The One That I Want.”
  4. Winging it. Everyone in your small business needs to have “Puzzle Box Clarity*” about where the business is headed…including you. It can be easy to prioritize DOING over DREAMING, but never fully clarifying a direction for your business is like prioritizing driving over navigating on a road trip. You have to know where you are going or you will waste resources and find yourself in a constant state of overwhelm.

If you are feeling overwhelmed as a small business owner, download my free Anti-Overwhelm Playbook today. It will help you find the clarity and direction you need to overcome overwhelm and cancel the chaos so you can build your business with complete clarity.

* Puzzle Box Clarity refers to having an outcome so clearly defined that, like the picture on the puzzle box, it helps you put the pieces together to get from “here” to “there.”