How to Beat Overwhelm - Girlboss Designer



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How to Beat Overwhelm

Your to-do list seems overwhelming. So overwhelming you can’t even fully think about it before you just go “OMG there is no way I can get all of this done!”. Then you feel paralyzed – you don’t even know what to start working on because there are SO. MANY. THINGS.

Sound familiar?

I have certainly been there done that on more than one occasion. The good news is there are ways you can beat the overwhelm and not just get more done, but get the RIGHT things done. You see – what’s the point of tackling a bunch of little tasks if none of them really matter or have an impact?

#1 – Not everything HAS to get done.

SAY WHAAT?!? I know, I know… but it’s true. Sometimes we busy ourselves with SO much but usually not all of those little things are REALLY truly necessary. Think about the things on your list that will move your business forward – what will have the biggest impact on your business?

Is it making sure your social media is scheduled so you’re consistently out there in the world? Is it making sure you meet those client deadlines? It is taking the time to send out your newsletter and get back into people’s inboxes? Whatever it is that will keep propelling your business forward, you need to make those a priority over the small busy work.

#2 – Break down goals into actionable steps.

Say one of your goals is to update your website… pretty generic right?! Like, where do you even begin? Now start to think of actions you can take to accomplish that goal. For this example that might be to: add a freebie opt-in, change the homepage image, rewrite your about page so it connects better with viewers. Breaking bigger goals down into smaller, actionable tasks makes it easier to manage your steps to achieving more.

Next look at your steps and think is there anything you will need help with for achieving them. Who can help you? How can they help you? Now not only do you know WHAT to do step-by-step, but you know who you can enlist for help if that task is beyond your skillset.


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#3 – Take time for yourself and have a freaking day off!

If you’re feeling tired, run down and just overwhelmed in general, take a look at how you treat yourself. My guess is maybe you’re not eating very healthy or exercising much because you feel you “just don’t have the time”. We all already know when we take care of our bodies and our health we have more energy, think more clearly and are happier overall…  so why are we letting this influential step slip through the cracks?. If we aren’t taking care of ourselves, how can we give our business all that it needs?

Also it’s OKAY to take a day off, like COMPLETELY OFF. When we run our own business or have a side-gig on top of our full-time job it’s easy to let that creep into every day of the week. Then all the days run together and we end of feeling like we haven’t had a day off in weeks/months. Try to take 1 day a week and not open your computer, don’t look at any emails or anything related to work at all. Instead focus on being fully present with LIFE – get outside, go for a long walk, try out a new restaurant, spend quality time with your partner/family when you’re not distracted by work.

At the end of the day – life is about more than work.

It’s about more than deadlines and making lists. It’s about more than being perfect. Trust your gut on what matters most – break down those big mountains into easy/small steps, and start making YOURSELF a priority so you can be your best self for you, your business, and your loved ones.

Do you have any of your own tips on dealing with overwhelm? Comment below and share!

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