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Happy Tuesday, lovely! I’m Andreea, your host here on The Introvert That Could Podcast. Every episode is a mix of tips on productivity, time management, and how to move forward when you’re stuck, with a sprinkle of motivation and a side of relevant personal stories. I want you to have all the tools and support your need to face the challenges of being an introvert and take action, because without action, there are no results. Let’s dive in!
Welcome to episode 15!
Some of the steps or tips from today’s episode you can find in the free PDF “From overwhelm to taking action“, that you can download when you join the email list.
After running around like a headless chicken for almost a week, I looked back and realized that I produced nothing. This is the normal response of the brain when you complain that you have too much to do and so little time. It freezes and until you decide, with that same frozen brain, that it’s ok and you can find a solution, you only get more of the same. You can’t create from a stressed state.
And remember, nothing outside of you can change your internal state. Your internal state creates your outside results, so you need to change from the inside out.
Once I noticed the effects this has on my results, I decided that something needs to change. I have paying customers that expect me to provide value and I wasn’t doing that. So the first thing I want you to do is answer this:
What is the effect of overwhelm in your life? What are you not creating? How are others affected?
Great. Now let’s do something about that.
1. List everything you have to do.
Overwhelm may sometimes come from a lack of clarity. There’s power in writing down everything you have to do. Sometimes, you’ll notice that you had nothing to worry about. And sometimes the list will seem rather long, but at least it’s not stuck in your head anymore. You also don’t need to remember any of the items anymore. Trying to always be aware of what needs to be done keeps the brain busy with this, instead of solving problems.
Now that you know what needs to be done, you can start dropping items off the list. There are some that you already know, deep in your heart, that you won’t do. So have a look at the list and cross anything that doesn’t matter, that you don’t want to do, that you won’t do, or that you can pass on to someone else.
There will be items that you’ll feel guilty for dropping. In that case, ask yourself if you’re really going to do them. If the answer is no, then the choices becomes “not do it and feel guilty” or “not do it and not feel guilty”. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.
For many of our house chores, there is usually a time saving option. It’s probably not free, but I’ll talk about money on the next step, so for now, pretend it is.
A few examples that come to mind:
- Click and Collect or home delivery for shopping
- Meal subscriptions instead of cooking yourself
- Talk to your bank online instead of visiting a branch
- Order home delivery for everything you can and setup recurring orders for items you know you use every month
- Automate bills if they’re not already
- Any grooming activity can be done at home instead of a salon
- Setup a small home gym if your local one is not less than 10 minutes away
- Stock the freezer with pre-made meals
- Use your commute time and any other dead waiting time (like supermarket lines)
From this point of view, boat life has been a bit of a pain. We can’t have deliveries, there’s not enough space for gym equipment, jumping is also not encouraged, and the fact that we don’t have a fridge or a lot of storage space means we need to shop from physical stores almost every day, and cook every meal. I still got stuff done, but it can be easier for sure.
This is the hardest one for anyone to get on board with. And I can understand why – financial reasons.
But let me give you a different perspective. If you pay someone to clean your home for 10 dollars an hour and they do it better and faster than you, you can get the 1-2 hours back to do an activity that will make you much more than that and then enjoy the clean home.
If you do it yourself, you’ll spend more time than a professional, the quality will be poorer and you’ll pay yourself less per hour. Humour me, just hire someone for a one-off cleaning and go enjoy yourself for a couple of hours.
Of course, if you love cleaning, outsource something else. I pay a virtual assistant 3 dollars an hour, for about 5 hours per week, to edit and schedule my blog posts, upload my videos to YouTube, schedule my email newsletters or create some images with quotes for social media. If you’re wondering why it’s so cheap is because she lives in a country where that means a lot.
For me, the dollar amount is really insignificant, and I get 5 hours back to focus on what’s important. In those 5 hours, I can go and teach some Yoga classes, and make 150, instead of the 15 I pay her. If you do the math, if I don’t delegate those tasks, I lose 135. And even more if I use those hours for coaching. And if I use them to create something like a course that can be sold over and over, the profit is even greater. It really depends on what you do with the time you get back.
And if we go even lower down the chain, what if she gets those 5 hours by hiring someone to clean her home? So she makes 15, and only pays 5 for the cleaner. Still makes a profit and gets rid of the cleaning, if she wants to.
Time is your most precious resource, and if you use it right, you can absolutely win at life.
Ok, I hope this gave you some ideas of how to get time back in your day, and get out of overwhelm mode. And if you want 2 extra steps, download the FREE PDF “From overwhelm to taking action” by signing up for the email list.
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Thanks so much for being here and I’ll catch you on the next one! Have an amazing day!