Dear overworked business owner,
Are you stuck today? Are your wheels spinning, like you just can’t get forward traction? Everywhere you look there are dishes to be washed, clothes to be folded, calls to return, library books collecting fines. And yet, what you really need to do is get to your computer and answer emails, book new clients and make more money.
The pressure is all around you. You want to be a good mama and wife and friend and daughter. You want to say “yes” to everyone who needs your help. There’s just not enough of YOU to go around.
It’s not easy keeping so many balls juggling in the air. You probably feel discouraged and let down. A failure, even. The truth is: you’re not. Instead of focusing on everything you have to do, make a list of what you’ve accomplished. Think of the tears you’ve wiped away, the friend you encouraged yesterday, the project you finished last week. Think of your son or daughter and the beautiful person they are becoming. Think of everything you’ve done this year so far! It’s a lot, my dear.
Let’s take a moment and do something together. Grab a brand new piece of paper (or my favorite—jumbo post it notes, as seen in the pic above!). Write at the top: “To Do.” Now start fresh. Make a list of everything you need to get done. Consolidate all your crazy lists and pieces of scrap paper into one list. If you need more than one, continue on the next page but put the most important and urgent items on page one. When I’m realistic with myself, I can only accomplish one to do list per week. That’s about 10 items. And that’s because for every item, there are probably 5 steps attached to that one task! To get out of a rut, you have to be realistic with what you can accomplish.
Next, let’s make a list of anything you can hire out. If your website still isn’t finished, it’s time to have someone else take it over and get it done fast. If bookkeeping is sucking the life right out of you, it’s time to hire someone! If you’re reading this, and connecting with my words, you are probably not a super left brained, logical person. =) Therefore, you shouldn’t be doing your own books! Numbers scare me and while I like earning money, I don’t like tracking it and I HATE receipts. That’s why I pay a bookkeeper! I promise: you can’t do it all. You need to hire someone to help you. Shut down the guilt and even shut out the voices saying, “I can’t afford it.” I promise—if you hire tasks done, you’ll actually make MORE money because you’ll be focusing on what you do best!
The last thing that helps me get out of a crazy stuck point is to turn on a timer and clean up the house for just 15 minutes. I yell “All hands on deck!” and all the kids help quickly straighten pillows and remotes and unload/load the dishwasher. They straighten the shoes in the entryway and put away their school books, dance shoes, water bottles, etc. Just seeing a clean surface and fresh “canvas” helps me THINK straight again. Then I can get to my To Do list and actually move forward.
Listen: I’m pulling for you! We are in this TOGETHER! I really know how hard it is to prioritize and get everything done while still being a kind, gentle mama. There is so much more I could say to you, but for now, I want you to know that you are not alone. I’m here cheering you on! If there is anything you would add to this list, what would it be? I really want to know. So please comment or reply, OK? I’m pulling for you!
Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!