Ever feel overwhelmed by all of the things you see other people in the online world doing?
It’s like, “Jeez, how’d they crank out that much content?!” or “Gosh, I feel like I need to be doing SO many different things to get clients, but I’m not sure in what order, what’s most important, or how I can fit it all in!”
I know I have. I often get asked how I do it all.
The truth is, I don’t do it all.
That’s why I’ve been able to make these things my non-negotiables:
- 9 hours of sleep
- Work outs 5 days a week
- Traveling often
- Spending time with my family
- No appointments before 11am
- 4-6 hours of tennis/week
- No work on weekends or holidays
You might think I’m going to drop the whole “Hire a team member!” or “Delegate!” thing, right?
In fact, yes, I do suggest that, BUT, there’s something even simpler you can do right away that will majorly nix the overwhelm and have you accomplishing more, much faster.
Here’s the thing, we get overwhelmed by 2 things:
- What’s going on around us (bright shiny object syndrome)
- What’s going on in our own head (IDEAS! Lots of them!)
So, I tackle overwhelm and my to do list by,
#1) Always being clear about ONLY 1 or 2 goals per 90 day period.
It’s true. The less you focus on, the more you master what’s in front of you. And then you accomplish that thing, and you can start on something new. The problem is most people try to do too many things all at once, and they don’t finish anything. So, decide upon your goals and if your idea, or the bright shiny object in front of you, isn’t in direct support of that 90 day goal, let it go or delegate it.
Then, #2) Organize your ideas
Sometimes we can worry if we don’t act on our idea right away that we’re missing out, but here’s the thing, if the idea is a great one, and it doesn’t line up with our current goal and commitment, it’ll still be a great one when you come back to it. So, organize and store your idea.
I do this by having 4 lists:
1) To Do Today
2) To Do This Week
3) To Do This Month
4) To Do Later/Soon
That’s right, when I get an idea, I just write it down wherever it belongs! That way I don’t miss it, waste it, or forget about it.
IMPORTANT: I also give myself permission to know that the only list that can ever be completed is the list for TODAY. All other lists will always have things on them and that’s just life, but I can control how much I try to pack into my day.
Often we get overwhelmed because we try to do too much; and if you find you’re never finishing your to do list, it’s probably a sign you could put less on your list. Don’t forget, you can always add more.
Try it out and let me know how it goes!