Overwhelmed?

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Do you ever feel like you have too much to do?  Do you ever feel there is never a time when there isn’t too much to do?

Feeling overwhelmed is common for business owners.  It seems like there is always more to do than there is time to do it.

It is great to have your own business and work with the people you want to work with. To do a great job, it is critically important to avoid overwhelm because of the paralysis it can cause (which manifests itself as procrastination, watching too much TV, spending too much time on Facebook and more)!  And that is the absolute opposite of what you want to do when you’ve got lots to do, right?

The good news is that there is a simple strategy to help you overcome this all-too-common challenge.  Tony Robbins calls it “chunking.” It’s a straightforward and easy to implement idea! Here’s how:

  1. Make a to-do list.  First, write down everything that needs to be done in your business.   And example list might look something like this:
    • Hostess coaching calls
    • Customer Follow-up calls
    • Submit orders
    • Pack for parties
    • Do parties
    • Deliver orders
    • One-on-one product demos
    • Update product inventory
    • Invite team members to Team Meeting
    • Do the team meeting
    • Recruiting appointments
    • Set up Social Media posts for the month, week or day
  2. Then group like-items together. For example:
Group or “chunk”Tasks
Phone callsHostess coaching calls
Customer follow up calls
Team Member support calls
Computer workSubmit orders
Social media posts
Invite team members to the team meeting
Update product inventory.
AppointmentsParties
One-on-one product demo appointments
Recruiting appointments
Team Meeting
MiscellaneousPack for parties
ErrandsDeliver orders

3. Schedule times for each “group,” for example:

Group or “chunk”TasksWhen
Phone callsHostess coaching calls
Customer follow up calls
Team Member support calls
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 PM
Computer workSubmit orders
Social media posts
Invite team members to the team meeting
Update product inventory.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 10 AM to 12 PM
AppointmentsParties
One-on-one product demo appointments
Recruiting appointments
Team Meeting
Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays at 7 PM.  Team Meetings 3rd Saturday of each month at 10 AM
MiscellaneousPack for partiesWednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 10 to 11 AM
ErrandsDeliver ordersMonday, Tuesday and/or Wednesdays (as needed) from 1 to 2 PM

Your work week now looks like this (notice all the open space!)

 SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
10 ComputerComputerComputerPack for appointmentsPack for appointmentsTeam
11 ComputerComputerComputer    Meeting (1x a month)
12    
1 DeliveriesDeliveriesDeliveries    
2
3
4
5
6 Phone callsPhone callsPhone calls
7 AppointmentsAppointmentsAppointments
8 AppointmentsAppointmentsAppointments
9 AppointmentsAppointmentsAppointments
10

Give this a try with your business tasks (which may be a little different than my example) and you will notice that you’ve got a lot of open space and yet all of your “to-dos” are listed!

The nice thing about this strategy is that you don’t need to decide what to do when.  You get to work on Monday morning, look at the list of your “computer work” and get right to work on it.  You don’t have to “decide” what to do each day — it’s already mapped out for you. Instead of using your mental energy to “decide,” it gets funneled into the real work of your business.  Less stress, less procrastination, more work done and, by the way, more time off too! Woo hoo! Now that is a WIN!

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3 Comments

  1. Mary Rohra says:

    Love this Linda! Thank you!

  2. Vicky Gartner says:

    I try to apply this, however I allow other activities to interfere. Sickness we can’t help. When friends call to go out, too often I go, of course this builds relationships.
    Do you ever write in social activities?

    • RockstarTeams says:

      Absolutely. Schedule time for social activities and take those times out of your business calendar.

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