One question I get asked a lot is how I’m able to run a successful business while raising now two small children.
One of my ‘tricks’ has been to use what I call a ‘Priority Card’ that helps me stay focused (see article below), which has been working quite well for me and for a number of my clients as well.
Well, recently my colleague Laura Howard West released her Joyful Business Guide, which includes what she calls Daily Giggle Goals cards. Much to my joy, she also offers the cards for purchase separate from her system, and because I could immediately see how they would take my ‘priority card’ strategy to a whole new level, I immediately bought a pack.
First, they are lovely to look at and write on (much better than my boring index cards). They are double-sided, so you get to use each card twice (there’s abundance for you). And they not only give me a place to hold my priorities for the day, but they also give me a place to list the things I’m willing to hand over to the Universe. That’s the really fun part about Laura’s cards – I get a kick out of thinking about what I’d like help with from the Universe and then watching to see what happens. I know that as I make this a daily habit, there are going to be some major shifts in my business and my life. I’ll keep you posted!
How to Wipe Out Overwhelm
by Alicia M. Forest, MBA
Multiple Streams Queen & Coach
How often do you find yourself in this scenario?
It’s Monday morning and you’re all geared up for a productive week ahead. You’ve got your to-do list (massive as it is) at the ready and you sit down at your desk to start checking things off.
As you begin to read down your list, you start to feel something in your gut. It’s not a physical pain necessarily, just a feeling of something heavy starting to grow. You ignore it and continue reading your list, making stars next to the things that seem to be the most important to get done that day.
But the more you do this, the heavier that feeling gets, until it starts creeping up to your shoulders and finally settles in your head. All that enthusiasm you had when you first sat down is gone and the only thing you feel now is utter and complete overwhelm.
Sound familar? I’ve been there, too, so I understand.
And it’s not that all the tasks on your list aren’t wonderful and/or doable. There are simply too many of them – and they all seem important right now – to expect that you can accomplish them all in the hours you have to work in any single day.
So what happens? You do a little of this, a little of that, and you really never complete a single project!
But you don’t have to let another week pass without really accomplishing anything. Simply create a Priority Card.
A Priority Card will help you organize all your tasks in a way that will SHOW you every day what you should focus on. There are a lot of details that will threaten to take your mind off your priorities (this is where a virtual assistant can be of immense value), but those details are not necessarily what will move you forward in your business. To do that, you need to consistently focus on completing the projects that will move your business ahead big-time.
You can create a system for helping you focus on your priorities in a number of ways, but I’m going to give you mine. I only work about 15 hours a week on my business, so adjust your own plan accordingly.
At the beginning of each week, I choose 3 to 5 projects with looming deadlines (self-imposed as they may be) from my master task list (which really is so massive that I write it on a 8.5 x 14 legal pad). For example, at the moment, I am working on a bonus offering for a colleague’s product, the Client Abundance Coaching Cafe membership, and a new website design.
On a colored index card, I write down those projects and prop the card in a standing clip holder, right in front of my computer screen (see photo). When I start to feel that sense of overwhelm, or when I find myself getting distracted by new ideas or other tasks (all of which seem important), I remind myself to look at my Priority Card and focus only on what’s written there.
Once I started using my Priority Card, my own business growth lept forward ten times faster than when I was doing a little of this and a little of that, working on a dozen things, but taking much too long to actually complete just one project.
Know you won’t be able to stick to this process 100% of the time, but even 80% will help you make dramatic strides in your business growth. You’ll actually finish the projects you set out to do, and you’ll not only feel great about doing so, you’ll be inspired to do it again, and again, and again. Once you make this shift, you’ve learned the secret to wiping out overwhelm for yourself and your business!