If you are feeling overwhelmed in business, there might be a reason for that.
Do you find yourself constantly working, but never getting ahead? Can you never “turn off” your business brain because you are consumed with “work”?
Then you could possibly be stuck in the “busyness trap.”
This is where you are constantly focusing on being busy, but not really working. You feel like just because you are “supposed” to be working, you need to be doing SOMETHING. All the time.
Because, hey, you run a business.
Busyness DOES NOT EQUAL Business.
If you sit down at your desk (or couch or the corner of your kitchen table) planning to “work” without a clear plan for how you will spend your time, you are wasting your time. Cut and dry.
If you are compulsively “always working” then you are wasting your time.
If you do not have a list of things that you are accomplishing each time you sit at your work station (before you start work) then you are wasting your time.
Here is how to stay out of the “busyness trap:”
1) Have a Task List
Be it on Trello, sticky notes, a word document, or in your notebook, this should be your working list of what needs to be done. That way, you are always focused on what you need to do, and aren’t just floating stream of consciousness style.
2) Have a Schedule
Know what you do each hour block that you do each day for your business, as well as focus on having set days for set things. Check your mail at certain intervals and set aside time for client care, returning correspondence, and ACTUALLY working – with no distractions.
3) Clock Out for the Day
Your work day needs to end. Period. If you think of things that need to be addressed when you are outside of working hours, add them to your task list and go back to living life.
These may seem simple, but they are hard to follow through on – I definitely know the feeling of just sitting down to “do something” and getting lost in rabbit holes (such as Facebook) and never getting things done.
Take some time to evaluate today if you are working effectively, and removing the “busyness” of your business.