Does your business or job make you feel incredibly overwhelmed? You’re not alone! Feeling overwhelmed in any business is very common. In fact, so many businesses deal with this issue, that there are workshops across the country to help business owners solve this problem. Building a successful business can usually comes with numerous challenges. From making sure orders are fulfilled, to managing your employees, it can certainly be hard to manage overwhelm. However, through a few steps, you can successfully manage overwhelm, and get a clear mind with your business.
Step 1: Identify What Makes You Feel Overwhelmed
The first step is to find what makes you feel overwhelmed. Although you may feel overwhelmed in general, there is likely a root cause (or two) creating these feelings. Perhaps it’s meeting deadlines to fulfill orders to clients. Or, maybe it’s your employees not completing their tasks on time. Or, maybe it’s that your business is growing quickly and you don’t have a big enough staff. No matter the issue, be sure to identify it and write it down. Or, if there are multiple issues, write them all down in the order how what makes you feel most overwhelmed.
Step 2: Come Up With a Solution For the Issues
Now that you have written down what the issues causing overwhelm are, try to come up with a solution. What is the one thing that would solve all your problems if you had it? This may be a project management tool that your whole team can use to stay on track. Or, maybe it’s hiring five new employees to help you fulfill orders. The solution to the issue may be much easier said than done. But, if you can identify what will resolve the problem and work towards it, you can accomplish it.
Step 3: Implement the Solution
Do your best to implement the solutions to the problems creating overwhelm in your business. Even if you’re taking small steps towards eliminating the issue, you will be less overwhelmed little by little. You may have to do some research on what will resolve the problems. There are many business softwares that help businesses get more organized. Chances are, there is a solution to the problem you are facing with your business. You just have to find the solution and implement it. Be sure you only get a test trial if you purchase software or a tool so you can be successful with the next step.
Step 4: Test the Solution
Once you find and implement your solution, test it, and make sure it works. Sometimes, different tools don’t work for every business. When you use a tool that doesn’t work efficiently, it can create even more overwhelm. So, be sure you test the solution and make sure it works well for your business and solves the problem you were facing, rather than just conceal it or cause more issues.
The ability to test software or a tool is why you should only use a test trial at first. You don’t want to invest in something that only causes more overwhelm in your business. So, you may have to go through a few test trials, but when you find the perfect match, it will be worth it. If you are hiring a new employee to take over some tasks, consider only having them work part-time to see how effective of a solution it actually is. Then, if it is effective, hire them full-time.
Step 5: Stay On Top Of Future Issues
Now that you have tested a solution and know it works for your business, you should feel a sense of relief. All of the issues in your business are gone, and you can finally breathe. However, keep in mind this great feeling isn’t permanent. As your business grows, takes on new projects, and gets new employees, you will come across different problems. So, be sure you stay on top of future issues.
It may feel pessimistic to only focus on potential problems. But, this can save you a great deal of trouble in the future. Consider what may happen if your star employee quits. Or, consider what will happen if your largest client doubles their order one month. Come up with back up plans and be one step ahead at all times. This will save you from overwhelm in your business in the future.
Others Tips to Eliminate Overwhelm
Maybe everything is working well in your business, but you feel overwhelmed by your busy schedule. Again, this is completely normal and everyone feels like this at some point. It doesn’t mean you’re ungrateful for your business and its success. It just means you need to take some time to get a grip on your life. Below, you’ll find some other tips for managing overwhelm.
Take a Vacation
There is a reason most corporate companies offer two to six weeks of vacation. It’s because employees need a break from their everyday work life and spend time relaxing. This is not only great for your mental health, but also your physical health, according to Business Insider. So, if your head is processing things 100 miles per minute and you are about to explode from all the stress you’re feeling, consider taking a vacation. This will help you to clear your head and eliminate stress.
Talk to People About Your Stress
If you are feeling overwhelmed by your job, don’t keep it bottled up! Let people know how you’re feeling whether it be your team, your boss, your spouse, or even a therapist. Bottling things up can only make your life more stressful. So, be open about how you’re feeling and see if anyone can help you. You never know, maybe one of your team members will offer to help you with your tasks.
Do an At-Home Spa Day
Maybe you just need a mid-week pick me up because you had a stressful day. But, you don’t have the time to go to the spa and pamper yourself. If this is the case for you, try doing an at-home spa day. Leave the office a little bit early, pick up some food on the way home, and run a bath. Use your favorite face mask, bath bomb, and candle to lift your mood. You can even watch Netflix on your tablet and pop open a bottle of wine. This can make you feel much more relaxed, which you totally deserve!
Hopefully you got some great ideas on how to manage overwhelm in your business from this blog post. From the team at Rebel Kin, we wish you luck with your business and hope you feel less overwhelmed soon!