Are you feeling like you’re spread a bit too thin? As an entrepreneur, you have more than just business on your plate. You don’t want to spend all day “in-office,” but your to-do list doesn’t get any shorter. Is leaving work in the office and not bringing it home a real possibility, or is it just a dream? Are there effective ways to break the cycle of never-ending tasks? Is it truly possible to conquer overwhelm?
In a word, yes. But let’s identify a few reasons why you might be overwhelmed in the first place.
Reasons Why You’re Overwhelmed
You Rarely Shut Your Computer Off or Leave the “Office”
Overworking is downright unhealthy. It affects you negatively both physically and socially. It impairs sleep, is bad for your heart and results in poor work performance.
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You Respond to Calls and Emails Immediately, All the Time
Not everything that appears urgent actually requires your immediate attention. Constant availability for work drains your energy, your health, and your business.
You Say “Yes” to Everything
Whether you fear missing out or you’re afraid to tell people “No,” saying “Yes” to everything is not good business. Why? Because you can’t possibly do everything. No one can. You will burn out, and you and your business will show it.
Sound familiar? Well, there’s hope if it does sound familiar! Steps can be taken to change your days for the better. Here’s how to bring that nauseating sense of overwhelm to a halt and gain control of your time.
How to Break the Cycle and Conquer Overwhelm
Use time blocks on your calendar. Include both personal and business events on the same calendar. Think of your time in terms of a budget. Set parameters for how you want to spend your time and stick to it.
Take the Reins
Don’t allow your phone, email, text messages, and social media to run your life or your business. For example, dedicate specific time slots to check your email and reply if necessary. Do the same for answering calls in person. Otherwise, field your calls so you can respond according to their priority. Then you won’t constantly be in a stressful state of “on demand.”
Get Good at Saying “No”
Saying “No” to invitations and requests for your time might take some getting used to. But balance in your work and home life will improve your health, sense of well-being, and your relationships. Train your friends and colleagues to respect your availability. This might be an on-going process, but it will be worth it.
Hire a Virtual Assistant
Picture how you’d feel knowing the details of your business are being handled for you, so you’re able to focus on the big picture. Think this is a pie-in-the-sky dream or that you can’t afford such a luxury? A virtual assistant is more affordable than you think. They don’t require any overhead. And they bill you only for their time spent on specific tasks, not for chit-chat around the water cooler. You can find a virtual assistant to do everything from social media management and writing blog content to helping you set up your website and creating your logo.
If you’ve been living under the strain of being overworked and overwhelmed, choose to make a change now. Start taking steps to take back control and conquer overwhelm today. Set boundaries, sleep better, and feel more energetic. Balance is the key. And it’s critical for your health and for your business.
Is it possible to grow your business, conquer overwhelm, and still have time to do more of what you love? Yes! Contact Rockin’ Robin Virtual Assistance LLC at (307) 631-1867 or schedule a free consultation today to find out how.
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