Thursday August 4, 2016
I was inspired to do this video because I often hear from coaches and entrepreneurs about having too many things on their plate. There’s a thousand and one projects happening and it can be very difficult to figure out how to finish them without the right habits in place to support that. As well, when you always have 'too much to do', it can easily cause you to get into overwhelm, frustration and stress. We all know that they are not good for business. That being said, here are 4 steps to getting things done (and staying out of overwhelm):
1. Only say, ‘YES’ to things that are a ‘Hell Yeah!’
When you only say ‘Yes’ to things that are a ‘Hell yeah’ for you, then you are super excited about doing and finishing them. This ends up creating a healthy momentum for you instead of getting into a state where you are thinking, "Ugh… I just wish this was over" (know what I mean? I think we all can relate)! :)
2. Start Saying ‘No’ More Often
Often times we say ‘Yes’ because we feel like we should, not because we actually want to do something. You may have even heard yourself saying something like… "Well, it won’t take that long and it really is easy for me."
But the reality is that every time we say ‘yes’ to something that is not a ‘Hell Yeah!’ we end up putting more things on our plate which takes up time and energy (even if you think it will only take a few minutes). The time we take to do these seemingly small things begin to add up and become the size of bigger projects and add to your to do list.
This takes away from the projects that are ‘Hell Yeah’s’!
If you are in the midst of some projects that are not ‘Hell yeah’s’ right now, get them finished by either delegating it out, leaving the project (when respectably possible) or schedule in the time to do it ASAP, finish it and then start saying ‘No’ more often.
3. Ensure You Have Enough Time
Even though something might be a ‘Hell Yeah’ project, you need to look at your calendar and make sure you have enough time to do it.
When this happens, look at your schedule and what is most important to you. If you say yes to this, will you be able to meet your most important priorities (like current clients and workload, family, health, etc.) or will it just cause you a lot of stress even though you would like to do it?
If you do want to do it but the timing isn’t right, you don’t have to say ‘no’, you can just say, ‘not right now’ and say ‘yes’ later when the timing is better.
4. Plan Appropriately
When you have projects on your hands you really need to get good at pre planning your days. Make sure that you plan ahead your weeks and days so that you can maximize everyday. It’s so easy to lose time in a day from switching tasks to checking email to wondering what you should do next. When you pre plan your day you know what tasks you need to be doing when. Stick to your plan and you will actually get things done.
If this is new to you, come on over the marketing calendar post so that you can learn how to create a marketing calendar and begin utilizing your days to the max.
Now, I would love to know now, which one you commit to doing (or maybe all 4?). Let me know in the comments below!