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Taking on too much work, wanting to do it all now, having the responsibility of it all. Does anyone relate?
 

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Yes.

I think you are talking about the “Big picture syndrome” here. It‘s a feeling of anxiety when you try to solve all the problems at once.

Personally, it helps me to only focus all my energy on one task at a time. Once it’s solved, I move onto the next problem. Literally.

Example:

Right now I need to build an email list of about 1,000 people to get 30 pre-orders to test my product.

I am ONLY focusing on building a landing page and an email campaign. I don’t worry about packaging, logistics, amazon PPC etc - that stuff will come later.

I hope that helps.
 

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Yes.

I think you are talking about the “Big picture syndrome” here. It‘s a feeling of anxiety when you try to solve all the problems at once.

Personally, it helps me to only focus all my energy on one task at a time. Once it’s solved, I move onto the next problem. Literally.

Example:

Right now I need to build an email list of about 1,000 people to get 30 pre-orders to test my product.

I am ONLY focusing on building a landing page and an email campaign. I don’t worry about packaging, logistics, amazon PPC etc - that stuff will come later.

I hope that helps.
I do something similar.
Pick 10 things I can control.
Scrap anything that doesn't really need to be done.
Delegate what I can.
Pick 3 a day to complete.
Do them in order of the least amount of time it takes to complete.
The momentum of completing the smaller tasks keeps me going for the rest.
 

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Taking on too much work, wanting to do it all now, having the responsibility of it all. Does anyone relate?
Our most important job is to figure out what *needs* to get done.

Here’s my filters:
  1. Dump it?
  2. Delegate it?
  3. Defer it?
  4. Do it.

Stop doing the “trivial many“ and focus on the “vital few”.

Stop trying to do “all the things”.

Stop trying to do everything *now*.


Remember:

“The market doesn’t pay for busyness.” (Blaise Brosnan)
 

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Taking on too much work, wanting to do it all now, having the responsibility of it all. Does anyone relate?
What are you defining as taking on too much work?

Two scenarios.

1) You build websites.

You are trying to code it, design it, write the copy, support it, do the marketing and sales calls to get the job in the first place, do the invoicing, do the accounts, tax etc etc then do as Andy has written above.
Andy's 4D's is a very simple process I have not seen before. (Now on a Post-It Note :thumbsup: @Andy Black )

2) You build websites.

You know you or your team can complete 10 websites a month to provide a great service and follow up support.

Yet you are saying to every Tom, Dick and Harry that you will do a website for them so you have 15 to 20 jobs a month.

Well that is easy. Simply learn to say No (which many new business people are afraid of doing) until you have built your team up.

Dan
 

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Simply learn to say No (which many new business people are afraid of doing) until you have built your team up.
Letting your pricing say "no, we're at capacity right now" seems to work well too, as @AgainstAllOdds recently reminded me to great effect. More in your pocket, you can still be selective with the projects you take on, less stress overall, and you're still on target for growth.
 

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Yes, but having lots of work is a good problem to have:
  • More work generates more revenue, which reduces stress about paying your bills.
  • More work means you can practice delegating & building systems to get the work done. (Yeah, you probably think none of your work is delegate-able; that's a myth).
Remember: as an entrepreneur, your job is to get the work done--you don't necessarily need to be the one who does it though.
 
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Yes.

I think you are talking about the “Big picture syndrome” here. It‘s a feeling of anxiety when you try to solve all the problems at once.

Personally, it helps me to only focus all my energy on one task at a time. Once it’s solved, I move onto the next problem. Literally.

Example:

Right now I need to build an email list of about 1,000 people to get 30 pre-orders to test my product.

I am ONLY focusing on building a landing page and an email campaign. I don’t worry about packaging, logistics, amazon PPC etc - that stuff will come later.

I hope that helps.
Thanks! Do you find that this stress affects your productivity?
 
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Harry Waywell

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Yes, but having lots of work is a good problem to have:
  • More work generates more revenue, which reduces stress about paying your bills.
  • More work means you can practice delegating & building systems to get the work done. (Yeah, you probably think none of your work is delegate-able; that's a myth).
Remember: as an entrepreneur, your job is to get the work done--you don't necessarily need to be the one who does it though.
Thanks. I will be delegating one day! Do you find that stress still affects your professional life now?
 

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If you break down a yearly goal into a daily task, it's actually pretty simple.
 

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Yes, I totally feel this. Especially the more I plan and stuff into one day, the less I seem to be getting done recently.

Im not sure whats the right way forward. Do less, but consistently and enjoy the journey or somehow find a way to become more disciplined to hustle harder and accelerate everything.

Idk if im just being too inpatient or if im being a pussy lol.
 
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Yes, I totally feel this. Especially the more I plan and stuff into one day, the less I seem to be getting done recently.

Im not sure whats the right way forward. Do less, but consistently and enjoy the journey or somehow find a way to become more disciplined to hustle harder and accelerate everything.

Idk if im just being too inpatient or if im being a pussy lol.
I get you man. It can be confusing at times. What bothers you the most about feeling overwhelmed?
 

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