What do you do when the things you’ve been working on all start to manifest at the same time? (I mean, of course, after you do your happy dance for seeing some of your goals come to pass). Lets be honest, I think we’ve all been been there a time or two. I can humbly say I’m in such a great space in life right now. Many of the things I’ve been working on are coming to fruition and while I am super happy about them all, I often find myself feeling overwhelmed.
- I’ve been assigned some additional responsibilities with my job that are definitely resume worthy and I’m really proud of that. I’ve also been working on this sporting event coming to Atlanta on Feb 3rd, 2019 and that’s been pretty cool, too.
- I’ve finally gotten to the monetizing stage with Cup of Consuella and it still feels unreal. I remember when I would dream of being able to do brand partnerships and sponsored posts and now brands are actually accepting my media kit and reaching out to work with me.
- Sis, Let’s Talk has literally exceeded my expectations. I get to help build a platform for women all over the world with two bomb ass women who happen to be two of my great friends. The feedback we are getting makes my heart smile and honestly still makes me tear up from time to time. And the crazy thing is, this is only the beginning.
- I’m still creating the final recipes for the e book of plant based recipes and can’t wait to share that with you all.
- To make all this happen, I need a comfortable space in my home to work. So I’ve finally started working on my home office and I’m taking my time to make it the perfect little space for me.
Needless to say, this mama has a lot going on. I would be lying if I said I don’t ever feel overwhelmed or like I’m biting off more than I can chew. I am naturally a planner and very organized, but I still find myself drowning in this feeling of not having enough time for everything. I wanted to share with you three tips that have been helping me navigate through it all.
Prioritize Urgent vs. Important
When something is important, you set a deadline to get it done in a timely manner. When something is urgent, that means it needs to be done right away. Example 1: I have a customer coming into town for a pop up site visit in 2 days and nothing is planned. I now have less than 48 hours to organize appointments with venues, transportation for the site visit, airport transfers, dining reservations, and hotel accommodations. This is urgent. Example 2: I just accepted a partnership with a big name brand and they require a lot of content, but it isn’t due for two weeks. This important, not urgent. The simplest way to put this is: everything that is urgent is important, but not everything that is important is urgent. Figure out which is which, and work on the urgent matters first.
Make Self Imposed Deadlines, Not Public Ones
When you are working on something you are planning to share with the world, it’s best that you have private deadlines. When you make public deadlines, you take away your option of flexibility. You now have to adhere to that deadline, otherwise, the trust in your brand is at stake. If you want to release something on October 10th, maybe say “releasing in the fall” vs the actual date. That way, you can move the date up or down if need be, and not feel bad about disappointing people. Do you want to know how many times I changed the deadline for my e-book? More times than I would have wanted to change publicly. You want to know when it’s coming? Its coming soon. That’s vague, but it’s safe. Don’t put that pressure on yourself.
Time Is On Your Side
While we’re on the subject of deadlines, let’s talk about time. The title of this post is “so much to do, so little time”, but who says you only have a little bit of time? The beauty of entrepreneurial endeavors is that you get to control your timing. There is no clock over your desk telling you that your project must be complete in 2 months. You write down your goal, map out your plan, and work towards manifesting…on your own time. I’m not telling you to procrastinate, I’m simply telling you everything is not a race against the clock. When you rush, it usually shows. Remember, good things take time.
I hope these tips helped you as much as they helped me. What are some ways that you keep from feeling overwhelmed? Leave a comment here or on my instagram page @cupofconsuella.
Xo, Consuella ♥