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The 6-Figure Freelancer Podcast | Freelancing | Entrepreneurship | Clients | Finances | Motivation | Personal Development | Mindset

Oct 24, 2019

Sometimes we can get too much on our plates. Most of us have been in this situation more than once. Today, I'm going to share some tips and tricks on how to get through the overwhelming to-do lists in your freelance business.

As business owners, we take radical responsibility for everything happening in our business. And this can lead to overwhelm and a seemingly never-ending to-do list. Whether it’s someone dropping the ball, or someone leaving our team, or a needy client wanting tons of attention, all of it essentially falls on us at the end of the day. And that can be a lot of pressure.

Let’s explore some tried and true tips on how to handle all this “stuff” that we have to deal with.

“There’s a cognitive load from these things in our brain and we can’t just ignore that. We can’t just minimize that they’re taking up space.”

In this episode Avani talks about:

  • How having too much to do can sneak up on us.
  • Why you need to have a plan in place to deal with all your tasks.
  • How you can organize and strategize to complete your tasks.

1. Do a brain dump

When it feels like there’s too much to do, start by getting it out of your head and on paper. It doesn’t only have to be work-related either; it can be all the tasks that are piling up in your head. Taking these things out of your brain and putting them in to the physical world can be really helpful.

2. Triage your list

Go through your above list and figure out the importance of each task and how much time it will take. After that, delegate it, if you can. This will free up your time to get through the rest of your list, and make your load a little lighter.

3. Get the list into your task manager

Get your to-dos into your task manager. Make sure you’re attaching dates and details as well. This way you can wake up in the morning and know what the day’s tasks are, as well as the details of those tasks. It makes it so much easier to manage all those items that need to be checked off.

4. Time block

Even if you have to schedule it into your day, take two or three hours (or however long you need) and get those tasks done. No more excuses or overwhelming dread, just get your list done. This time should be dedicated to completing your list and nothing else. It will make your day feel so much more manageable.

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