If you are a small or solo business owner you probably suffer from a disease called “Overwhelm-it is.” Symptoms may include, inability to focus, stress from being pulled in too many directions, not enough time and constant energy drain. Sound familiar? Sometimes I wish there was a quick fix or a magic wand for this ailment.

During the past week I had three different solo business owners tell me they felt they were spinning their wheels. It was funny that they all used that exact same phrase. It reminded me of driving in the snow and getting stuck. I remember trying desperately to get unstuck by stepping on the gas. The more I accelerated the more stuck I became and the more frustrated I felt. In fact the hole I was trying to get out of, just got deeper the harder I worked! People told me, “Never accelerate, no matter what, because you will just dig yourself in deeper.” I didn’t listen!

Solo business owners often work harder and put in longer hours when under stress, and then the larger the hole, the smaller their energy. They feel stuck, wanting to get their business moving forward, working very hard, trying to balance everything and then, it can feel overwhelming. The larger the hole, the more their focus and energy leaks out and then overwhelm sets in.

It all has to do with how you work, your habits and your willingness to change. Here are 5 things to help any small solo business owner get in gear and move out of the hole easily, or better yet, avoid it altogether.

1. Create a plan. This sounds obvious, however most solo business owners operate from the seat of their pants and spontaneously. Although this is natural for creative people, it is also important to be grounded and a business plan provides that grounding.

2. Prioritize. Once you have your plan, from there you need to keep priority focused energy. Without making priorities, you will be like a leaf in the wind and be pulled any which way. When you prioritize, you can stay on task and therefore will be calmer and more focused energetically.

3. Develop systems. Find a system and a process that works for you and your style. I use a large whiteboard and whenever I get an impulse, instead of getting sidetracked, I write it on the board. In this way, I am taking action, but still staying on task with the job I am working on now.

4. Develop realistic time-lines for business development projects and goals. Without that time-line you will just keep pushing and everything will feel as though it needs to be done now!

5. Find Support. All successful small business owners get help. Your “inner” obstacles are the only ones that will continue to hold you back. They are often unproductive habits that you just keep doing out of default. A coach or mentor can provide an outside perspective and offer accountability.

Author's Bio: 

Kaya Singer is owner of Awakening Business Solutions

Our mission is to empower you to develop a clear focused business, and as a result, fulfill your own promise of financial  success and purpose. We help you to strengthen your small business, so you can then in turn make a difference in your community.

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