Our Top Tips for Conquering Overwhelm in Your Coaching Business
It’s common to feel overwhelmed at times when it comes to your health coaching business, so if you’re feeling like there’s a lot to juggle right now, you’re in good company. You wear many hats as a health coach and business owner, so there are going to be times when you feel like it’s a LOT! We’ve been there too and there are still times we feel overwhelmed, but we’re much better at managing it and dealing with it now. So today we’re sharing Our Top Tips for Conquering Overwhelm in Your Coaching Business
Sometimes, feeling overwhelmed can prevent you from taking action or making decisions which keeps you stuck, so by implementing our 4 tips, you’ll feel less stressed and be more productive.
Let’s start with tip #1 for conquering overwhelm in your coaching business.
1. Prioritize tasks and projects
This is the one that helps me the most and I use it all the time. Make a list of what needs to be done and include the due date or deadline. I like Trello for this but I also use pen and paper, so use what you like. For bigger projects that have multiple steps, I use Trello, but for my general to-do list that I refer to a couple of times a day, it’s old school pen and paper in my spiral bound notebook from Target. Each week, determine what tasks and projects are a priority for the week or for the month. Sometimes, a priority is based on a deadline you want to meet such as your weekly email or blog post and sometimes, it’s a deadline for content for social media or something else. Map out a timeline and what can be done each day or each week, so you have a plan to help stay on track. Even putting things in writing can help, so you have a visual on it.
I did this recently with a promotion I was doing. I felt like there were several things I needed to do in addition to preparing for the promotion, including outlining podcast episodes, writing copy for Facebook ads and more, so I prioritized based on the deadlines, and that’s always helpful for me. I also looked at my list of promotional ideas for my 3-day sale and looked at what was a must and what was optional, so I could decide what I was going to include. Not everything made the cut based on my timeline and other things I had going on and that’s okay. When I’m pressed for time or feeling overwhelmed, I ask myself what the top priority is right now and what is optional.
2. What can you simplify or streamline?
It’s easy to get caught up in complicating things or going too elaborate sometimes. An example of this would be that you’re going to be hosting a webinar and you want to have a workbook to go along with it for the registrants to download. While a workbook would be nice, it’s not a must, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed, perhaps this is something you can do next time. Another example would be instead of hosting your online challenge or group program in a platform like Kajabi, how about hosting it in a FB group for now? Instead of focusing on everything being perfect or having all the bells and whistles, focus on how you can help clients in the easiest way possible.
3. What can you outsource?
There is a lot to do as a wellness business owner and that means it’s very easy to get lost in the details of the behind-the-scenes tasks. Entering and formatting blog posts, creating and scheduling social media posts, writing emails, creating graphics and/or slide decks, setting up landing pages and sales pages, the list goes on and on. Write down everything you do and see if there are tasks you can have a virtual assistant do for you. Even if you take one or two things off your plate, it will free up some of your time to work with clients or reduce your overwhelm. We did a detailed episode about finding and working with virtual assistants on episode 308 – it was called: Getting Help Sooner Rather than Later – 5 Steps to Take When Hiring a Virtual Assistant. We highly recommend listening to that one if you’re thinking about hiring someone. I still have my very first VA on my team from 7 or 8 years ago. I remember feeling elated and relieved to delegate some things to her and I’ve never looked back. I was doing it all on my own for too long, so I know how that is. I’ve added more people to my virtual team over the years, and I’d be lost with out them. Adding even one assistant for a couple of hours a week can make you feel like you can come up for air and get a break from your long to-do list.
4. Take it one step at a time and one day at a time.
Remind yourself that you can only do one thing at a time and you’re doing the best you can and remember to take breaks. Taking breaks during the day and time off each week is critical because if you burn out, it’s so much worse. Sometimes, just changing your environment or physiology can help. Get outside for 5 minutes, take a walk, do some deep breathing, get a change of scenery by getting some work done at a local coffee shop, chat with a friend – whatever makes you happy.
Which one of these tips do you think will help you the most? Or maybe you have a tip that helps you with overwhelm. Come on over to Instagram to let us know. You can find me at @kathleenlegrys and Karen at @karenpattock.