How often do you feel overwhelmed? What do you usually do to manage it?

I’ve spoken with a few clients and other entrepreneurs lately and a common issue keeps coming up…

Although they’ve had a good amount of success with their business goals and personal goals, they still feel overwhelmed with the huge amount of tasks and other responsibilities that are pulling them in different directions.

When they look at their to-do list, sometimes everything seems important and it can be confusing to know where to start. This causes that nasty bit of anxiety called “overwhelm”.

Here are two quick ideas to help you reduce overwhelm:

1. Identify your most important tasks for the week.

Ask yourself this question: “If I only had time to work on three items this week, what would those three items be?”

Use this type of “filter” question to identify what you really need to working on. Less important, less urgent items can be done at a later date.

This will help you to clarify those tasks that are absolutely essential and will make the biggest impact on the goal that you’re working on.

2. Don’t work on multiple large projects at the same time. 

Bouncing around from goal to goal, project to project or business idea to business idea is going to hinder your progress. It also creates frustration and overwhelm because you’ve taken on too much at the same time.

Instead, focus on completing one major project first before moving on to your second project.

Keep focusing on your long-term goals. You might not be able to get them all done this year but if you take them on sequentially, you will get them done with just a bit more time.

Avoid having too many incomplete projects, goals and businesses.

Always aim for completion and follow-through. This will reduce overwhelm and create that clarity and focus that is often missing. Tie up the loose ends that are taking up your mental bandwidth.

If you want to be more productive and feel focused, it’s just a matter of making some habit shifts like the two ideas above.


Nigel Cook
Accountability Coach
Holding Your Feet to the Fire

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