Overwhelm – a Cause of Procrastination

Solopreneurs often feel overwhelmed Рthey must wear many business hats, and everything feels important simultaneously. We have been exploring the causes of procrastination and have determined that overwhelm is one of the major causes.  Today we will talk about what to do when you feel overwhelmed.

Many of us procrastinate because we feel totally overwhelmed and snowed under. Chances are you can identify with the following feelings:

  • no end in sight
  • so much to be done and it all needs to be done now
  • technological panic
  • can’t decide what to do first
  • focus is leaping from one thing to another
  • searching for yet more information
  • looking for a magic bullet
  • feeling inadequate and uncertain
  • seeing learning curves everywhere you turn
  • stress, panic, tension and exhaustion

Where Does This Overwhelm Come From?

  • fierce independence, “I take care of myself”
  • believing you are the only person that can do “this” satisfactorily
  • a lot to get done
  • no organization, no process
  • in a hurry to have the results
  • deadlines looming, cash flow issues
  • being reactive rather than proactive
  • lack of clarity, fuzzy big picture vision
  • seeing so much potential

Some Strategies for Overcoming Overwhelm

Take 15 minutes a day to do some personal journaling or find a coach you can relate with and work through those items that resonate:

  1. Take time for reflection. Make a note of what you are thankful for, and what your current obstacles are. Get in touch with what you think and how your feel. What’s going on in your body?
  2. Know that thinking about things is sometime more overwhelming than doing. Go into action, any action so long as it is in the general direction you want to go. Other great opportunities and solutions will present themselves.
  3. Identify your tolerations and incompletions. Decide how to take care of them.
  4. Work on your personal mastery. Take the time to articulate your mission, vision and values. Identify your various roles and what your objectives for each are. Ask yourself “What would I have if this vision came to pass?” Refine. Discuss with others.
  5. Develop a plan for the achievement of your vision – write it down. Use project and time management skills.
  6. Do one thing at a time. Begin by devoting 15 minutes to a task.
  7. Develop a system, set some benchmarks.
  8. Seek help. This can be in the form of advice or extra hands. Delegate as much as you can.
  9. Pare it down. Find ways to simplify. Keep it simple.
  10. Take time away from your work to recharge. Connect with nature, people, whatever works for you.

Mindset Monday Reflection

  1. When is the feeling of overwhelm popping up for you?
  2. What are some sources of help for you?
  3. What activities have the greatest re-charge potential for you?

 

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This Mindset Monday post is presented by LowellAnn Fuglsang, Business and Career Coach, especially for solopreneurs.

In my workstyle-lifestyle coaching work I love helping solopreneurs find direction, stay motivated and build systems that both support and promote their business. One support that I like to emphasize for them is the Google experience.  Two great places to begin are my Weekly Being Your Own CEO Success Circle and The Portable Business Coach (a tool that will tell you where you need to put more time and energy)