There’s a lot of anxiety, fear, doubt, and uncertainty…
swirling around out there. Chances are you’re burning the candle at both ends due to the demands of your family, team, and clients. You’re so busy keeping up with what everyone else needs, you don’t even have time to take care of yourself. Whatever commitments and priorities are pulling at you right now, it’s a lot. I know this feeling…it’s exhausting and stressful. So, how do you get from exhausted to focused? In this blog, I’ll share the process I take myself through when I feel tired and show you how I get to focused in under 5 minutes, no extra coffee necessary.
Get Out of Your Body
The first step I start with is getting out of my head. I find when I’m stressed or exhausted, I need to get the “head trash” out one way or another. For me, talking out loud and verbalizing my feelings, worries, and stressors is super effective. The simple act of having someone listen as I verbally process brings me a lot of clarity and helps me to sort through what’s going on inside of my head. If you don’t have someone to talk to or you don’t like verbal processing, another great way to get all the head trash out is journaling. Set aside just 5 minutes when you start to feel stressed and overwhelmed to write down how you are feeling. Then, take a deep breath. You’re one step closer to being focused. So…first step: do something to get out of your head and into your body.
Set Your Priorities
Setting priorities doesn’t have to happen once a year. You can set priorities each day or even each hour. Start by asking yourself, what is the most important thing to me today? Right now? By solidifying your priorities, you give yourself a roadmap to stay energized. This works because each time you check something off on your to-do list, your brain produces dopamine, the reward chemical, making you feel uplifted and energized. When you take action and small steps you progress forward, but in order to know which actions to take, you need to check in with your priorities.
When to Say No
Knowing when to say yes and no is another integral piece of calming the overwhelm and regaining focus. Granted, this is really hard, ESPECIALLY now. We’re saying yes to a lot of things and no to very few things out of obligation. Many of us are juggling a million different roles. We’re in a different stage of COVID, and consequently, this situation is putting a ton of diverse demands on us. This is the third step: be fully aware of what you are saying yes and no to. While you might feel obligated to say yes, take that power back and recognize, regardless of anyone else’s opinions, YOU alone have the power to set boundaries around your time and energy.
This process has saved me a lot of stress, time, and overwhelm, and I hope it does the same for you! First, get out of your body. Second, set your priorities…get as specific as ranking priorities each hour! Third, don’t be afraid to say no. Your energy and emotions are important, so protect them by setting boundaries.
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ABOUT ANNETTE WALTER
Much like Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC’s “The Profit,” who lends his expertise to struggling businesses, Annette analyzes businesses, supports them with the right resources, and designs the plan they need in order to go from surviving to thriving.
Annette Walter has started, acquired, owned and operated more than 15 companies in her lifetime. As a wife, mother of two young boys, and owner of a national company, Timber Industries, that was included on last year’s Inc. 5000 list, she is able to serve her true purpose and passion in coaching and consulting entrepreneurs through her business coaching company, iEvolve Consulting. Annette works with business owners across the globe in various industries to support their overall well-being, teams, and operations. As an operations expert and strategist, she works with business owners to help them identify organizational gaps and opportunities in their companies. She works with businesses to help make their finances, marketing efforts, technology solutions, and sales more efficient and effective.
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