Picture The Scene
You’re lying in bed having just woken up and running through your head is the list of things that you have to get done this morning. You haven’t even started to run down the list of things that need to be done this afternoon yet!
You know that there is so much to do that you’ll be lucky to get half of it done before the day is over.
You groan inwardly and just want to turn over and go back to sleep, however you can’t as the children have to be woken and got ready for school/playschool/Montessori and you have a full day ahead of you.
Do you wake up in the morning to scenes like this? Even worse do you go to bed with scenes like this running around in your head?
Do you find that the overwhelm ogre pays a visit and stops you in your tracks because you just don’t know where to begin and what tasks to assign as important and what ones to either delete, delegate or defer? Is it having a negative affect on your business?
In this post I’ll show you how using these three Ds daily can banish the overwhelm ogre to oblivion.
A pen and a couple of blank sheets of paper and three different coloured markers (go raid the children’s’ school bag for these).
It is as well to go and get a cup of tea or coffee before you start as by doing this you will allow your brain to switch off and give it a mini-break. When you come back to work on this mini training exercise you will be refreshed.
So let’s begin.
Make a list on the page of all the things that you need to do by a certain date, I suggest a week as this is long enough to plan around.
Include the menial tasks that you do repetitively like school runs, cooking meals, laundry, order picking, checking emails, updating your social media, etc.
Don’t leave anything out, include the one-off tasks as well, meetings with suppliers, an event you plan to attend. If you have things listed on a calendar use this to help refresh your memory.
Do make sure to include family and household tasks as well as your business tasks.
A good trick for when you get stuck or hit a blank spot is to say to yourself “what else do I have to get done by xxx”
Now go over the list and mark it in according to how important that task is;
1 very important
2 not important
3 not at all important
When you have finished go back over the list and assign a ‘to be completed by’ date on each task, if it a repetitive daily task mark it as ‘daily’.
Be realistic about this, if you have a finish time for something and you know that you won’t reach it put down a realistic finish time instead of the desired finish time.
Finally go through the list and mark it according to how much you like, don’t mind or dislike doing that task. I heard a trainer suggest using the happy, straight and sad face icons to mark them visually, you can do this too.
Transfer everything that has the number one, a smiley face and a finish date within your time frame into this list. These are tasks that you enjoy doing and probably do well as a result.
Make sure that you allow yourself a few days to complete your bigger tasks rather than rushing to complete them in one go.
This is the list that you will be working with from now on.
Anything that does not have a finish date within your time frame goes onto this list, the same with anything that has a number two assigned to it or a straight face icon.
There is no point worrying about something that you cannot do now or is not important enough to warrant it. Worry about it when you can do something about it.
Also put items in here that have a number one but a sad face on them here. These are the tasks that you know you need to do but really don’t like doing.
Put them in for doing after you’ve done everything in your Do list.
Anything that you have been keeping on your list that is numbered three, or has a sad face or a completion date later that this week can be deleted from this list. Like the list above these are items that are cluttering up your to do list.
They are also draining your resources and your energy and stopping you from getting the important things done.
How Do You Deal With Overwhelm?
There are lots of different ways that Mumpreneurs deal with overwhelm, this is just one that I have found to be very easy to implement.
If you have a different way please do leave a comment in the comment box below and share it with us.
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