(Originally written in 2016, updated in August 2019.)
A reader asked:
"How to stay on top of my big volume of tasks and not feel overwhelmed?"
Think of tasks and information just like physical clutter: how do you solve that problem? Everything important goes into the right place. (What’s not important should be given away, recycled, or eliminated.) Then create a system for reminding you where the important stuff is.
Similarly, here is how I organize my ideas, my wishes, my don’t-forget-to’s, and everything else that’s important:
You post things on social media.
Most of the time, you don’t get as much engagement as you see others get.
Maybe you get discouraged.... why don’t people like you?
I’ve been there.
You need to understand how the algorithm works…
If you are stuck defining your niche or figuring out your “target market”, maybe let it go for now, because you might be trying to define things too early in your business....
The typical reasoning:
Define Niche ➜ Create Content & Offerings ➜ Get Clients
In my experience coaching hundreds of authentic businesses, the above formula doesn't work for a lot of people.
I share this “secret” with many writers -- I don’t feel inspired until after I start writing for awhile... as short as 5 minutes, upwards of 45 minutes.
I often feel uninspired, but I am willing to write anyway.
In fact, this is how I work most of the time. This very piece you’re reading has been written this way.
Most of the time, our working conditions are not optimal.
Here’s a thought to consider…
Your life is actually working perfectly.
Anything and everything occurring in your life has a system behind it. There’s cause and effect. You experience the effects. And you have more choice in the cause than you often assume.
Even though there are causes beyond your control, you have a choice of where you will focus.
Sure, we can blame others for the bad effects in our life -- other people, society, the economy, our upbringing, our genetics, or karma and the stars -- but every time we do this, we give our power away.
I invite you to take on this idea: "I am more in control of my life experience than I can imagine."
George Kao is a Marketing Coach for small business owners, especially solopreneurs such as Coaches and Mentors. He focuses on ethical & effective ways to grow one's platform and build true livelihood.
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