Overwhelm Is A Horrible Thing

Overwhelm is rotten. Particularly when it comes before you’re ready to take the next step. It doesn’t matter whether your next step is to start your business or one of growth; if you’re plagued with ‘when this then that-itis’, you’re overwhelmed.

What I mean by ‘when this then that-itis’ is that horrible situation of not being able to tell what the best next step should be. Let me give you a couple of examples:

Example One

  1. You want to talk to a/some potential customer(s).
    • However, before you can do that, you feel that you need some business cards.
    • Before you can get your business cards printed, you need to sort out your logo.
    • You know you can either go cheap and get a logo for $5 (fiverr.com) or get someone good to create a whole brand image for you, but you can’t decide which would be best.
    • In order to make that decision, you need to talk to someone who can advise you, but in order to be eligible for the business advice at the local Chamber of Commerce, you have to have filled in a form.
    • You can’t fill in the form, because it wants to know your trading address and you haven’t yet decided if you’re going to continue working from your kitchen or take up that offer of a bit of space in a friend’s office/workshop.

In short, you can’t speak to that potential customer for hundreds of reasons!

Example Two

  1. You want to launch your new website
    • However, you haven’t finished finessing your complete one-stop-shop offering.
    • Before you can complete it, you have to learn some more about ABC and XYZ.
    • In order to be able to learn some more about ABC and XYZ, you need to research various training providers to find out which is the most appropriate.
    • Your blog is ‘sort-of’ ready. You know the kind of things you want to write about but you can’t quite decide on the blog layout.

Do you get the idea?

Overwhelm isn’t always about having too much to do and not enough time to do it. It can also be about having a
complete ‘tangle of string’ of stuff to do and no way of finding the end of the string. Or the beginning for that matter.

How Can You Overcome Overwhelm?

Break it down. Break the overwhelm into little tiny bits and write them down. Whether you have 10, 25, 50 or 100 tiny steps doesn’t matter. What matters is that they are out of your head and now a list, not a tangle of string. We all love a list!

Once you have a list, get it into order of priority, or sanity, and get cracking. Just being able to achieve something – anything – every day helps tremendously with the overwhelm. Once the overwhelm is gone, then the work can start.

Let Me Help You?

I have a suggestion; I have created a document called 100 Tiny Steps. You can get it here and use it to create your tiny steps. (You’ll need to confirm that you’ve asked for it by clicking the link in the email you receive and then you’ll get it delivered. Don’t blame me – it’s data protection gone MAD!)

Put down everything you can think of that you need to do on that list – it doesn’t matter what order it starts in, you can always print another and reorder it if you really need to.

Comment below and let me know your thoughts?