You know the feeling. It's Monday. You make it through the morning routine, you sit down at your desk and... nothing. Brain fuzz and overwhelm sets in.
Realisation hits. You have got SO much to do. And only a few hours to do it. What do you work on first? Why? What are you even trying to achieve here? Is this all worth it?!!!!
One word- YES. It is worth it and you can do this.
We all suffer from overwhelm and confusion sometimes. Especially when things are not going your way or you're not making the money you want to be yet in your business.
The good news is that you can control these feelings and get yourself back on track with some super simple 'get your head in the game' mindset tips which I'm going to share with you below!
Brain Dump it up baby!
If you haven't heard of a brain dump before you're in for a treat. A Brain Dump is simply when you take ten minutes at the start of your day to get everything out of your head and down on paper.
All the 'I need to this' 'should do that' 'this is coming up soon' thoughts that are floating around in there and causing you havoc!
Brain Dump Step 1- Get your head in the game
Before you get started it's important to take a minute to let go of any 'poor me' 'this is so hard' attitude you may be clinging on to.
That feeling is simply a result of feeling overwhelmed and reflects the fear you might be feeling about moving forward.
But here's the thing. You are privileged. There are literally millions of people in the world who would love to be in the position you are in right now.
Yes you're busy. Yes you're under pressure. But it has been your CHOICE to be in this place you're in right now. And the opportunity you are creating for yourself is a special one.
Don't waste it feeling sorry for yourself or feeling overwhelmed.
Instead, take control. Remind yourself you can do this. You are privileged to be in this position and you are going to do your damn best to make the most of it.
Step 2: Remember your why
On a big piece of paper, write down your WHY. Who are you here to serve, what difference are you trying to make in their lives and how is going to feel when you have done it?!
Step 3: Remember your goals
Right underneath that, write down your goal for this year and this month.
How much money do you want to make? How many clients do you want to sign up?
A specific income based goal is important to have here. It keeps you on track and reminds you what's important to focus on first.
Step 4: Plan your brain dump
The key tip here is that this doesn't have to be pretty and you don't have to spend a lot of time on it!
Carve up a bit of paper into four areas. I like to title them Urgent/ Important, Not Urgent, Outsource and 'Want To Do.'
What I find is that when I'm feeling 'brain fuzz' I immediately default to doing 'want to do' tasks - because it feels easy, and don't always work on the things that are going to progress my business forward faster.
So my goal is to figure out what is urgent and important to my business.
Those things that need be done and once they are done, they are going to:
- have a direct impact on increasing my income
- keep existing customers satisfied
- grow my audience
- have clear results for my business
The rest can be put off, added to my list of tasks that I'd like to outsource, or filtered under 'want to do' but not necessarily important to work on right now.
Here's my messy Brain Dump sheet from today for you! Note down the bottom I've reminded myself of my specific target and my why.
You might find when you first start doing your brain dumps that everything feels urgent and important.
But remember, your existing clients are your gold mine. It's much much cheaper to retain an existing customer than to acquire a new one.
Also, your existing customers are your natural brand ambassadors. They are the ones that if nurtured, will spread precious word of mouth marketing for your business.
So I always like to ask myself first- what do I need to do today for my paying customers? To help them on their journey, to keep them happy.
Get that out of the way first and foremost.
Before you do that Instagram post or Facebook video.
Then move on to the other stuff. And if there is something on your list that you think 'I shouldn't be doing this pesky task' note it down as a task that can be outsourced in future.
Then when you can afford to start outsourcing someone, you have a clear list of tasks that you can start handing over quickly.
Final step: Highlight and get started!
Once I've brain dumped I like to get my highlighter out and highlight the top 3 things I want to get through today that are going to make a difference in my business.
Then I focus.
I put a time limit next to each task.
If there is time left over, I'll give myself a bit of a reward for the day. For me, that's usually working on one of my 'want to do' projects.
Things that I enjoy doing but aren't necessarily going to get me direct results for the day.
That way I get to finish my day feeling like a) I've been productive and b) I've worked on something that lights my fire!
So, how are you feeling after that?
Let me know in the comments if you think you'll be doing a brain dump this week!
And if you need some help, head over to our Resource Library where I've just added a Brain Dump Printable for you to use to if you'd like an... urghmmm... tidier option than the mess I've shown you above!
Hi! I'm Rach
I'm the Founder of She Owns it. I love helping Kiwi women grow their businesses through mentorship, coaching and community.