The internet is a wonderful place filled with lots of very smart people willing to share all that they know, some for free and others for a fee. So, how do you keep from getting overwhelmed.
Overwhelm often plays out in one of two scenarios:
1.) You are trying to organize everything all at once.
If you have multiple areas of your business that need to be organized, that is okay. Let’s just clean things up from here. You have to start somewhere, so I want you to choose ONE area to work on right now. You can’t go through everything all at once. Implementation has to be progressive, to be successful.
And don’t try to do more in a day that you really can. You’re going to suffer burnout if you overload yourself with information and tasks. At the same time, if you want to move forward, you have to start taking action steps seriously. And daily.
2.) You already have a plan, and know exactly where you want to start, but you haven’t started. You are letting fear get in the way of your success.
This is troublesome because it’s hard to gain confidence in yourself when you don’t take any action. You may have failed in the past, and honestly you may still have failures going forward. But taking action will teach you how to handle success and failure. You can get your busienss organized in a way that works for you.
The first thing you want to do is set aside a certain amount of time to work each day on implementing your organizing plan. You can break it up into small chunks of time, or put in a couple of dedicated hours, but try working all day – from sun up to sun down and end up in frustrated and in tears because you’re exhausted. This will not help you gain in confidence, but hopefully if you do go down this path you will learn this is not the best solution.
As you continue to take action, do it step by step, just like you planned. Don’t jump around, you will end up with too many balls to juggle and they will likely come crashing down. And don’t skip the parts you don’t really like, find a way that helps you get through, you know find your spoonful of sugar.
Take your business organizing in bite sized steps. Don’t try to organize an entire business in two hours. Even, if you succeed, it’ll be shoddy, and very unlikely to continue to stay organized in the long term. Before too long, you will just be overwhelmed all over again, and tell yourself that you just can’t get organized, but if you do it smartly, the results will last.
I’m Lori Winslow, the Organized Solopreneur. I help solopreneurs get their business and their life organized. To get started, pick up a copy of my Top 10 Ways to Get Your Solopreneur Business Organized.