Is overwhelm killing creativity in your business?

Overwhelm can hit anyone at any time. Anyone with a dream or goal will experience it at some stage of their journey and, if your business is centred on creativity… it’s the quickest way of blocking that creativity.

So what exactly is overwhelm and, more to the point, how can you deal with it?

Overwhelm is the rising panic and worry you experience when you’re feeling snowed under and struggling to focus. It’s the thought of not knowing where to start when you look at your “To Do” list. It’s when you have lots to work through; but feel as though you’re getting lost and drowning under the weight… it’s when you don’t feel in control of yourself or your business and your creativity has run away and is nowhere to be found.

Stop and give yourself time

When you’re experiencing these types of feelings, make the time to stop and assess the situation. Take time to find the facts – are you taking on too many tasks? Have you given yourself enough time to complete a project?

Challenge your beliefs and excuses

Is it a feeling or thought that is causing overwhelm? Do you feel as though you’re not good enough? Do you believe you’re not capable of achieving the desired end result? Make a list of what you think and feel around the situation, brain dump those negatives, then write a list of how you want to feel and think about it and capture those positives. Self belief and having confidence in your own abilities is a great slayer of overwhelm… and is great for reconnecting with your creativity.

Prioritise and take action

Finally, break down the tasks and projects you have and put them into manageable chunks. Prioritise them in order of importance and… take action! Keep your focus only on the immediate task at hand and take baby steps towards the end goal of completion.