In this day and age is so easy be routinely overwhelmed. With all of the external and internal stimuli, staying focused is now like an Olympic sport. Plus, all of the to-do’s, must-do’s, and should-do’s makes it easy for us to get overwhelmed as entrepreneurial moms.
How does a boss mom keep it all together and keep from getting lost in the list?
This blog post is going to share how to create that clarity and avoid the shiny things that keep us stuck.
As always I’m learning and searching for resources to share with you lovely ladies. This week I’m sharing a podcast from Courtney Saunders. In it she’s sharing why we’re routinely overwhelmed and what we can do about it.
In it she talks about:
- Be flexible and willing to pivot
- Managing your energy
- Not trying to fix it all at once
It's your girl Courtney Sanders with another episode. Welcome back to my podcast. We're up to like 71 episodes. This is pretty good. I'm pretty proud of myself. I can't wait till we get to 100 and we're getting close.
Routinely Overwhelmed: My Story
A few months ago I took on a side-gig doing call center work from home. I didn’t prepare at all for the change that this was going to have on my life. I assumed that since I was working from home that I could easily fit in all the things I normally did.
What I got instead were days of me feeling like I was going to explode. I was juggling all the balls, home, business, job, family, self. All of the life areas that were good fell flat because I hadn’t prepared myself for the change of adding on this job.
I had to pull back and make an immediate shift (or I was gonna go bat shit crazy). I had to restructure my life to support the new addition. I had to update my systems and add support to add space and breathe to my life.
You see, in order for me to stop being routinely overwhelmed I had to change how I was approaching my life.
Routinely Overwhelmed: My Solutions
If you find yourself routinely overwhelmed here are seven things you can do to squash that overwhelm.
- Slow down & breathe – These distractions come into your life when you’ve been hustling and grinding longer than you should. This is when your body shuts down and you can’t focus no matter how hard you try. These distractions are telling you to take a step back, breathe, and regroup.
- Avoiding shiny objects – This distractions come when you’re why isn’t strong enough and you’re avoiding the working you know you need to do. Make a list of the things you know distract you and brainstorm ways to combat them.
- Start saying no – This is a hard one for me, because I LOVE to help. But I’ve learned that a fast no and a slow yes saves my sanity each time. Allowing no or maybe to be your default answers keeps you from spreading yourself too thin because those yes’s add up quick.
- Knowing when to change direction – Stop doing what’s not working for you. When you are tracking your progress you can change direction faster than if you’re just floating through life. Make it a point to track all areas of your life to make sure your processes and systems are still supporting you.
- Applying boundaries – Setting boundaries isn’t enough. You must enforce them in order for them to work. Make sure the boundaries you set for yourself and others are clear, communicated, and consistent.
- Have fun – Just like you schedule cleaning your oven and creating your content, schedule in fun. Create time to do things you enjoy be it knitting or talking a walk.
- Take care of you – Creating space in your day no matter how full to take care of your spiritual, mental, and physical health. This ain’t saying you gotta be a size 2 or meditate for an hour a day. Making sure that you have created space to create your version of optimal health and wellness.
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Over to you
Which tip are you excited to try to help you reduce your overwhelm?
Think about that and pop your answer in the comments below. I would love to hear goal excites you and how I can help.
Until Next Time
Love Yourself, Love Your Family, Love Your Business
Resources for Distractions & Overwhelm
Easily Distracted? – Psychology Today