The 4Rs to Overcome Overwhelm
The root of overwhelm often lies in a disconnect from purpose, scattered priorities, and a lack of structured guidance. By recognizing and addressing these issues, leaders can find their way back to clarity.
It’s possible that purpose-driven business owners have a distinct advantage over traditional business owners when it comes to overcoming overwhelm. The 4Rs to Overcome Overwhelm below provides the leverage you need as a conscious leader to conquer overwhelm and reenergize your business.
1) Reconnect with Your Purpose
Every successful purpose-driven
business starts with a clear purpose…but in the midst of the day-to-day race to
get everything done, it sometimes gets lost in the chaos of “too many tasks,
too little time.”
When things get overwhelming like this, reconnecting to your
purpose can reactivate your passion, reawaken your creativity, and revive your sense
of connection with your customers. You
began your business with purpose. Let it remind you again about your Why. Reconnecting
to your purpose will point you once again toward your North Star to guide you
through the cluttered thinking that has you trapped in the rut.
2) Ruthlessly Prioritize
In the constant race to get
things done, it’s easy to fall into the trap that everything is equally
important. Often, we’ll go for the easy thing just to feel like we got something
done today. Yet, the truth is, not every task deserves your immediate
attention. One of the most important skills to overcome overwhelm is to ruthlessly
prioritize your actions each day.
For example, sometimes I’m overwhelmed by all the projects going on in our company, so I start bigger and list them all out as my first step. My list would include naming the current projects going with our clients (sometimes one client has multiple projects, too), courses we are developing, our current marketing campaign, team development, social media engagement, developing content (blogs like this!), and so on. Just making that list helps clear your head.
Now, take it to the next level of detail. Every project has a list of immediate tasks that need to get done. Write those down. Note the qualifier, immediate. That means there is a deadline today or a critical dependency riding on that task. Here’s where you have to become ruthless.
What absolutely has to get done in the next day or two, or perhaps this week (depending on your project and business)? Rank them in order of importance. Most people answer that question with “But, they’re ALL important!” The truth is…if everything is important, nothing is important. You have to get ruthless with yourself. If you could only work on one of these projects today to ensure your purpose is moving forward….which would you choose?
Tackle the tasks on that one first. Then, go to your second project and tackle those immediate tasks, and so on. This is your list of top priorities.
I just described a powerful, yet fairly standard approach to prioritizing. But there’s one more step that purpose-driven leaders take that others rarely do. That leads us to the third R….
3) Relate Every Action to Your Purpose
Relate every chore, even the mundane ones,
back to your purpose. Ask yourself, “How
does this task connect to our manifesting our purpose right now?”
That email, how does it enable us to fulfill our purpose? It creates a connection with our customer, so they felt seen, heard, and appreciated. They know we care.
That shipping label, how does it enable us to fulfill our purpose? It gets the product to our customer, so they get the benefit of using ecofriendly cleaners in their home, their kids are healthier, they are healthier, and the earth is healthier.
Answer that question for every action you take and notice how the weight of overwhelm begins to lighten as you remember the powerful meaning of every action you take.
4) Reach for Guidance
No leader is an island. Be it a trust colleague, mentor,
business coach, or a thought partners like the Genius Goals team, having
someone who's navigated the turbulent waters of business can be invaluable to
help you lift the weight of overwhelm. Just like your customers, you need to
feel supported, seen, and heard. Find your tribe. Line up with guides who can
help you see what you’re missing and talk through your ideas to firm them into
real steps forward….without adding more overwhelm.
From Chaos to Clarity
From chaos to clarity, the path is seldom straightforward. It twists and turns, with highs and lows. Recognize when overwhelm is creeping in. Take action. Work the 4Rs. By reconnecting with your purpose, ruthlessly focusing your priorities, and reaching forward into strategic guidance, you can turn the tide. Overwhelm will lose its grip and be replaced by rekindled passion and a clear path forward.
How Conscious Business Leaders Conquer Overwhelm
Join us for this free teaching session and discover how to overcome overwhelm and incorporate conscious business practices into your existing operations, even if you feel like you’re constantly putting out fires in your business.