How To Ditch The Overwhelm and Stay Productive
What inspires you and keeps you on track? What helps push you along when you feel overwhelmed?
Are you one of those trying to do it all??
As a blogger, or marketer online, you know the ups and downs and moments when you may not feel like doing one more blog post, or putting out another Tweet, or doing yet another video.
Feeling this way from time to time is just a part of the process we all go through; but if you can find what motivates you and remember why you’re doing what you’re doing, you’ll be able to pull out of a funk much easier.
There are a lot of things that can provide inspiration to us—whether it’s the beauty of nature, reading a great quote that you can resonate with, or watching other people accomplish great things. Inspiration comes in many forms, and for everyone it may be just a little bit different and a combination of things.
Personally, I always love a good quote. Depending on whether I’m on fire at the moment and working on some big things with my team, or when I’m looking for some motivation to make it a little further down my to-do list, the inspiration of great people is very humbling and soothing.
Need a pick-me-up?
Try one of these tips to help refresh your outlook and find inspiration:
- Disconnect for a while and do some journaling of your thoughts
2. Give yourself a “pressure-free” day once in a while to regroup and focus on only things you really enjoy
3. Create a vision board with the goals and intentions you have for your future
4. Explore blogs on topics you love and things that interest you
5. Listen to an audiobook
But…if you’re just trying to throw too much on your plate all at once, then it might be time to revisit your daily blogging or marketing strategies and work on simplifying.
This used to happen to me a lot.
I would have this whole long list of all these great intentions and things to do… then get so overwhelmed by it all, I would get “paralysis by analysis” and discouraged, causing me to be really unproductive.
And then I would do Nothing. Yep. Nothing.
So much for being productive. I actually made it worse for myself.
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and burned out. It’s so easy to try to take on way too much and overcomplicate things!
Thankfully, I plugged in early with some great leaders and learned a lot from a really great team, which made a huge difference for me in my business and my productivity levels.
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“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”—Will Rogers
I sometimes still catch myself trying to overcomplicate things in this business, but then I’m quickly reminded that I have ONE Goal– and that is to provide value and inspire, keep things simple, and just take ACTION. That’s it. If you do those things, everything else falls in place.
One of the very best things I learned early on is that you just have to take Action. You don’t have to know it all, or master every strategy out there (and yes, there’s a lot!)
You just have to find one or two things that you want to focus on and run with it! Master THAT and get good at those one or two things before moving onto something else.
(Yes, you do have permission to not be an expert at every strategy and know everything.. : )
That bit of advice right there should take off a load of overwhelm! It sure did for me!
Don’t be the “Jack of all trades but a Master of none”
First take a look at what your main goal is. What is the goal of your blog or your business?
Work it down from there from the highest priority tasks to the least priority ones, and things that might be too much of a distraction. See what you can possibly set aside to pick up at a later time and choose one or two main things that you really want to spend more time focusing on getting good at.
For example: if you’re a blogger, then a main priority would be creating blog posts; but… you don’t have to do one every single day. Create reasonable goals for your personal schedule. Also, it’s just not possible to hit every single social media platform effectively at once. Sure, you can have the best autosyndication software and all kinds of tools, but if you want to be most effective with your efforts, it’s best to narrow down to mastering a few before adding more in.
That’s just a simple example, but you can see where I’m going with it. I found that I ditched the overwhelm and become much more productive when I learned to Simplify and then just Focus on the most important things – setting aside all of my other ‘good intentions’ for later.
And then just take ACTION!
Here are a few quotes to help inspire you to keep you on track and beat the overwhelm:
“Your future depends on what you do TODAY” – Ghandi
“Excuses hold you back, Action moves you forward”
“Don’t wait for the feelings to take Action, Take the Action and your feelings will change” – Barbara Baron
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
“Do Not Wait: The time will never be just right. Start where you stand and work whatever tools you have at your command; and better tools will be found as you go along.” – Napoleon Hill
“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.” – Maya Angelou
“Overwhelmed by social media? Focus on one platform where customers are and be the best in that space!”
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase…just take the first step!”
Now it’s your turn!
Got a favorite quote to beat overwhelm or stay motivated to take Action? Share below, I’d love to hear from you!