Do you often feel overwhelmed? You’re not alone! Making the shift to network marketing means changing your lifestyle. There is no one there giving you a deadline for your work. You are responsible for your success. If you are feeling overwhelmed, here are seven tips that can help you as you build your network marketing business.
Feeling Overwhelmed? Try this.
- Only do what you know you can and want to do. A lot of people tend to overextend themselves and offer to do something for a co-worker, friend etc. when in reality they just don’t have the time. We may even offer to do something because we like doing it (some people – like me, ACTUALLY find doing something like organizing a closet fun!) and so we offer to do it even though we don’t have the time. If you are a manager or business leader, you may keep doing work that you should be assigning to another person. If you don’t take on extra tasks, you will not overextend yourself and won’t feel so overwhelmed. Don’t get caught up with too many should do’s. They take away your joy.
- Stay conscious when you are working. A lot of our time tends to get sucked up by activities that are simply not productive. I know it is great to take a break, or have a conversation that is lighthearted and fun. Sometimes, it may even be necessary. You just need to choose wisely. Otherwise, you will find that the day is almost over and feel overwhelmed by all that you have left to do.
- Get organized. Every really productive person has a schedule or system to track tasks. But make sure that the schedule does not shackle you. To do that, start by writing down the thoughts and tasks that pop into your head throughout the day – anything from very important to insignificant. I love getting the list out of my head and on to a sheet of paper or online system. I have used toodledo.com for years. It is a great online to do list. Next, star those tasks that you need to complete today. Then find the most important three tasks and complete them first. Make a separate list for weekly and monthly items.
- Throw out insignificant activities and question your assumptions. Don’t think that you have to do something (professionally or personally) just because you are under the assumption that “you have to” or because it is something that you have done in the past. If you pay attention to what you do each day, you may find that some things are just a waste of time and yield little. Ask yourself if it really NEEDS to be done. What would happen if you didn’t do it?
- Feeling overwhelmed?Learn how to say no, politely, diplomatically and graciously. Doing this will be a lifesaver. It will save you time in the long run because you won’t overburden yourself with too many conflicting activities. If someone asks you to do something, make sure that you actually have time to do it, want to do it and that you can deliver on the commitment you made without being overwhelmed. If doing so will put you over the line, then just say no! My husband had to learn this one. We often are so attached to being nice that we commit to things that we don’t really want to do. A favorite line of mine is to respond with “I don’t think I can make that work for me”.
- Cut down on your complaining. When feeling stressed, you may want to vent to friends, family and even colleagues about your difficulties. That may actually be a relief in small doses. However, if you keep complaining, day after day, that will just make you feel worse. Instead of complaining, do not be afraid to ask for help. Ask people for their support to do the four things above or advice or insights they may have about why you are feeling overwhelmed. Complaining also keeps you caught up in the story you are telling yourself. I used to say I was overwhelmed all the time and then I started catching myself and instead started saying, “I have all the time I need”. Just do something on the list when you don’t know what to do! If something happens during the day and every time you talk to someone you have to repeat the story of what happened, imagine how many minutes you spend just repeating a story. It is easy to get caught in that loop. Let it go. Move on and find what you are grateful for.
- Invest in yourself. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, find activities that nourish you (such as walking, hiking, golfing, drawing, baking…) and make sure you have time to relax and think. I know it may be hard to stop and think when you are feeling overwhelmed, but it works wonders! Even if you are super busy, taking even 15 minutes a day to step back and think about your life will help you use the rest of your time more effectively. It just poses great physical benefits: it can feel like a mini-vacation, lower your heart rate and your blood pressure in a way that will feel truly rejuvenating. When you are feeling overwhelmed, that mini-vacation will allow you to see your way through a challenging situation. Time to relax and rest is not optional, it is essential for the productive person.
I hope these tips help you as you build your network marketing business! Just remember to relax, breathe and tell yourself “I’ve got this!”. If you can learn how to manage stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed, you are one step closer to being a network marketing superstar!