Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in your to do list even after you’ve worked a 16 hour day?
Are you overwhelmed by all your projects, visionary ideas and general things you need to get done in a day?
If your answer is yes… I hear you, me too!
At first, I had the “I can do it all” attitude. Especially after my business took off and started to gain traction. But then I crashed and that’s when I started searched for a new way.
Since then, I’ve invested thousands of dollars and tried various techniques and practices to help me get more done and avoid the general overwhelm I experience as an entrepreneur.
But truthfully, a lot of the practices were too rigid for me and even though I did experience more productivity with some of them I didn’t feel authentic about it.
Actually, they made me feel like a robot.
But then I learned about a concept called “agile development” and a few other practices that I discovered by following my heart and now I feel like a superhuman.
Here are 4 simple practices to help you get more done and avoid overwhelm
Starting your day with email is the fastest path to being the least productive. It’s like opening your computer and firing up a whole bunch of windows and then expecting it to work efficiently.
A similar thing happens with your consciousness when you start your day with your email, because if you don’t get to the emails right away then they are like open files running in your consciousness all day. The unanswered emails slows down your productivity reducing your ability to focus, because human beings naturally don’t like to leave things unfinished. It’s no wonder we’re all feeling so overwhelmed.
Instead, create a self care practice to start your day that leaves you feeling rejuvenated. Even if it means waking up at 4am before the kids. If you’re thinking “no way I’m not a morning person,” I hear you, I wasn’t a morning person either, but once I got into the habit and saw the benefits, there was no turning back. It will be worth it, you’ll see.
Establish a practice around doing something for yourself that opens your heart, fuels your body and inspires your spirit. Personally, I start my day with my spiritual practice followed by a superhuman smoothie.
(Psst… Leave a comment below and I’ll share the recipe with you)
Now that you’re feeling inspired, aligned and grounded with your self love practice why not channel that powerful energy into the most profitable and strategically important work you do in a day. Spend the first 90 minutes to 4 hours working ON your business versus in it. If you’re wondering, yes this still means no email. Start your day by designing new products, creating marketing content, learning and strategizing.
This way you will start your day feeling creative and inspired about your work because you are operating from your highest self while you do the most important work you do in a day.
When you design your day this way, it’s flying in the jet stream, everything else will start to feel faster and effortless.
Whatever you do, leave the least valuable tasks to the later part of your day.
As a spiritual entrepreneur on the path, I often find myself getting wrapped up in the hustle of the day. I have a deep desire to stay grounded in presence, which can be challenging when you have deadlines, expectations and deliverables to get out.
I started to take mini breaks that are only 5 minutes where I go into a room and shut the door. I don’t take my mobile or any technology into the room, I lock the door and turn off the light and I take a moment to just be, pray and remember.
Whatever spiritual practice you do the important thing here is to take a moment and just be still. Reconnect back into that self love practice you started your day with to tap back into the energy you started your morning with.
I find that if you only practice self love once a day by the end of it you’re feeling low on the good juju. That’s why I upped the dosage.
As an entrepreneur you’re probably full of all kinds ideas about how to grow your business. It’s possible you have big long to do list or even several lists that include multiple projects, initiatives and possibly even new businesses that you’re passionate about.
However, all of these projects absorb energy and fill up your consciousness too. In other words, the more you have on your to do list the more your mind is congested with multiple things to think about.
While those ideas very well could be the next big thing in your business, they are also creating a deficit in energy that you could otherwise be optimizing.
A few years ago, I learned about agile development from a technology expert I hired to help out with our website. He forced me to only develop new features for our technology platform that we could deliver in a week and ever since then I have been applying that methodology to my to do list and have been getting a lot more done.
I threw away my big long to do list with all my pet projects, and now do only what I can get done in one week. I also focus on what my business needs me to do to move it forward, rather than what I want to spend my time doing. This way, I feel like every week I’m delivering value to my business.
Every Monday I decide three things I will get done in that week that will move my business forward.
One last thing…
If you were only to take one thing away from this article, it would be to follow your heart. While these simple practices to get more done and avoid overwhelm have worked for me and made me feel like superwoman some days, you know yourself best so always follow the wisdom within you.
Now, over to you.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, what’s your self care practice? What are you working on this week? What soulful practices have you tried to get more done and feel less overwhelmed?