I have a confession to make… I’m overwhelmed as I write this. In all honesty, I don’t want to write this article because I have way too many other things to do.
However, here at Opus, we’re making a concerted effort to practice what we preach. So we, the two founders, are tasked with writing a post each per week, whether we darned well feel like it or not.
Second confession: I didn’t write one last week. And I’m the guy who created the editorial calendar. Oopsies!
Look, I’m not going to sit here and try to convince you that I’m some kind of superhero of commerce. I’m a human, just like you, and sometimes I don’t want to write, dagnabbit.
Third confession: While I was researching this article I came across lots of interesting information about time management and techniques to employ when you start to feel overwhelmed. But I also came across lots of clickbait headlines and got to see never-released pictures from Woodstock (You Won’t Believe Number 3!) and a collection of paintings that promised to make me never look at Barbie dolls the same way again (You Won’t Believe Number 3!). There went the better part of an hour.
Here’s the thing about being overwhelmed, it’s incredibly unproductive!
As I wrote in this piece in which I mangle Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, it’s important to stop working every once in a while and sharpen your saw. And yet, here I am, typing away, trying to fulfill my commitment to my business, to my business partner, and to you, kind reader.
And why? To what end?
The Silver Light at the End of the Tunnel That’s Burning at Both Ends
There’s a method to this madness. You see, in another attempt at practicing what we preach, we spend a great deal of time each week working On Our Business, Not In Our Business.
As such, we know all too well that we’re each wearing too many hats. But we also know who will be wearing those hats one, five and ten years down the road. In fact, we’re in the process of writing job descriptions and position contracts for those roles so we have a clear picture of who and what they are, well in advance.
“If your business depends on you, you don’t own a business—you have a job. And it’s the worst job in the world because you’re working for a lunatic!” ― Michael Gerber
(Sidenote: Why are all my heroes bald? What’s that all about? Seth Godin, too. Sheesh!)
How to Write When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
Know that it won’t last forever. And you can do that by understanding where you’ve come from, where you’re going and who it will take to get you there.
Do yourself a favor and stand on the shoulders of the giants above and fix a course for your business. That’ll give you the strength to muster through the stuff you might not always relish.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go learn about 15 True Facts That Sound Completely Made Up (You Won’t Believe Number 3!)