As an entrepreneur and a business owner, there is not enough time in the day for you to accomplish everything you capture and put on your list. There’s business-related stuff, which covers making sure your business is healthy. This includes things like attending to your concerns in marketing, finances and taxes, production, customer relations, legal issues and business permits, social media, blogging, etc.
Then there’s your personal stuff — like your health (physical, mental, and emotional), and the important things that make up your life — your relationships, your family and friends, your hobbies, etc.
In the rush and push to finish what is important and urgent– and the way things go, practically everything that falls into our laps feel that way– some things eventually get pushed to the side along the way.
Peace of mind can become a faint memory.
Focus breaks down into stuttering dribs and drabs.
Energy levels drop. Attention fractures.
That’s what happens when the the To-Do list never ends for the day.
Being burdened with too many things to do is endemic in our world now. The time-crunch and stress has been the driving force behind the productivity movement and all the self-help material written and produced to help us carry the unwieldy and often out-of balance load.
Here we present a few basic ways to deal with the issue, all of which can be used in various combinations or simultaneously for a multi-pronged sustainable solution to the situation. Continue reading 10 Tips to Address Work Overload
Putting it simply, you won’t be able to function at your best if you ‘re not able to manage your stress. And to to do that effectively you need to get to the root cause of of your particular stress points, which is different for everyone. Stress is endemic in today’s world, and while businesses, organizations, and governments are focused on addressing it due to the massive negative effects it has on worker and citizen’s mental and physical health, productivity, and quality of life, it is up to us on an individual level to actually make the moves and take specific actions so we can go and live the best life we can — or at the very least hurt a lot less while doing so.
This certainly applies to anyone who have ever gone and created and run a business of their own. The internet has given us a whole virtual frontier of opportunities to become entrepreneurs, and in itself also is an incredibly fast-paced and competitive environment where we have to be agile and responsive if we’re ever to make it. And that’s stressful.
Now, one of the biggest contributors to the feeling of overwhelm and stress is the lack of clarity about priorities. Whether working for ourselves, with, or for others, the waves of conflicting demands that come in the form of emails, phone-calls, personal requests, requisitions, orders, instant messages, and our own personal To-Do lists make for a formidable forest of ‘open items’ to accomplish, a forest that we very easily get lost and bogged down in.
The error comes in assuming you can juggle your top priorities. That’s what all the productivity gurus and books have been saying for the last decade — make a list, arrange in order of priorities, and there you go. And yet hundreds– if not thousands –of new titles on productivity and ‘Getting Things Done’ are still published every year. People still have trouble getting their priorities in order because admittedly, we get so many demands on our time it’s hard to keep a steady eye and a clear head in all of the details. Continue reading How Having Clear Priorities Lessens Overwhelm