5 Tips to Avoid Overwhelm in Your Business in 2018
Does the actual thought of planning your business for the next 12 months send you into a slight panic?
What would it like if you felt planned and less overwhelmed in your business in 2018?
How would be focused and direction-filled help you actualise success and productivity?
I sat down with one of my really good friends, who is now my VA, and she said “we really need to get a plan sorted for 2018!” — and I panicked, because planning isn’t my forte.
I have to admit to you, that I am a fly by the seat of your pants kinda girl. Maybe it’s because I thrive on adrenaline and deadlines, or maybe just maybe there is sense of unworthiness around intention filled success. But that is how I built my doTERRA business, how I get into things like becoming a life coach. I like the ‘freedom’ of responding to whatever my heart desires.
But it’s overwhelming, y’all. It’s also not sustainable. It kills productivity. It inhibits balance, joy and creativity.
My tips culminated recently after listening to a podcast by Brooke Castillo about the difference between overwhelm and burn-out. Simply stated: burnout is loss of passion / overwhelm is lack of direction and planning.
The best way to avoid overwhelm in your business — is to PLAN.
Here are my 5 Ways to avoid overwhelm in your business in 2018
Tip 1: Block off commitments and back-fill with planned workshops/classes/events/specials
I found it helpful to go through and block everything off that I knew that I had coming up in 2018:
- What commitments do you have?
- Family/school holidays?
- Major work or non-negotiable commitments?
- Conferences or work functions?
- Holiday travel?
visually seeing and consciously knowing this will help you to structure you time in the next steps below.
Tips 2: Break Down each month into themes
Now that you know your commitments, holidays, and travel you can start to plan monthly themes. These themes can help you provide aligned content, powerful newsletters, inspiration for larger launches (or to coincide with them), and inspiration for social media content.
I would pick 1 major theme per month: Gratitude — and use that as an anchoring point for content throughout the month.
Tip 3: Create a couple focal points in your business each year for launches, larger workshops or big collaborations.
What special themed opt-ins / webinars / workshops / retreats / public events — can you craft up in the next year?
When I was working with my VA we looked at providing something special, which was aligned with a monthly theme, every 3-4 months. The intention was to provide free ‘opt-in’ content (like a webinar or ebook) and then monetize in the follow-up. This not only brings in residual income, but it builds your email list and brand awareness.
If you are looking at creating public speaking opportunities or public workshops/retreat have a look around what has been offered for the past 12 months and align with what is being planned. I would give yourself at least 4+ months to make those connections. So get thinking about where you want to be and who you want to collaborate with.
Tip 4: Prioritise space for rest and relaxation
I’m raising my hand high and saying that I used to really struggle with this. Do you struggle as an entrepreneur with rest and relaxation? Even when you’re on holidays you’re sometimes still working? I know that I am guilty of this.
What has happened to me though, is that the INTENTIONAL rest and relaxation that I carve out feel SO much more nourishing — THEN RUNNING from overwhelm.
Have you ever booked a trip because you were trying to avoid overwhelm?I know that I have, and often they do not bring about the relaxation you had hoped for.
So get clear about weekends and/or weeks that you’re going to take off. Strategically placing them around family, holidays and/or slow times in your business.
Tip 5: Manifest and set intention around planned collaborations with people and begin working on them 6 months in advance
When you are thinking about your major focal points in your business, start thinking about who you want to work with. What collaborations could you see in your team? What collaborations could you actualise locally? What collaborations could you tap into outside of your immediate area?
Let yourself dream. Let yourself throw names on paper. Don’t hold back.
When we set intentions, you start action. We start creating magic.
I hope that these tips have been helpful and empowering for you. I would LOVE to know which one of these tips hit home the most.
Which tip are you resonating with the most?