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Tips for Mastering That Overwhelmed Feeling

Written By: Ken Evoy (CEO, SiteSell) in Motivation | November 14, 2014

ips for Mastering that Overwhelmed FeelingBy Ken Evoy…

It is not easy to build a business. It never will be, not in a thousand years. Free money would be nice, but it simply is not in the cards.

Actually, building a business can sometimes be very overwhelming, right?

Here is how SBI! owners manage to control that overwhelmed feeling in their business-building journey…

Action #1 — Break tasks down into simple doable chunks.

Joe from wrote:

I’ve been so overwhelmed at times that I seem to freeze…

Here’s what I do. I take one night a week, usually Sunday night, and decide which pages need to be built this week only.

IF I get them done quicker than normal I’ll spend time fixing pages that need to be fixed or reading forums. I won’t start on my next day’s pages at all.

When the end of the month comes I can say, “Wow, I wrote 20 pages this month” and that sense of accomplishment keeps me on track.

If you “HONESTLY” only have time for one page a night then write one page per night. Because one good page is better than 2 so-so pages or no pages at all.

Action #2 — Don’t compare yourself to others.

Judith from wrote:

I know that I can’t do it all, at least not all at once. So maybe my site won’t be as successful as others, or maybe it will just take longer. But it’s MINE, and whatever success I achieve is mine, too. We each do it our own way, in our own time.

You’ll make it. Just take it one day at a time, one task at a time. It DOES become easier along the way, too.

Action #3 — Focus.

William from wrote:

Here’s what I do…

I visualize my site as best I can – fully functional with heaps of traffic and monetizing.

I step into the  SBI! forums and article collection only to get what I need (not to browse or chat idly to others).

I make sure that everything I do results in an improvement to my site – a tiny change or a big one – I don’t care – All my work must be focused on the site.

How simple or hard this is our choice.

Action #4 — Use a timer.

Michelle from wrote:

I use a timer and I allocate 1 hour to each sites progress per day (I don’t always manage daily work though) and the rules are:

  • while the timer is on, do the work that matters (content building, optimizing monetization) not “busy work” (stuff that feels like you are doing something but doesn’t actually move your business forward, that can be done any time)
  • if I need a food or bathroom break, the timer is stopped
  • if I just can’t get into the flow, it is OK to stop the timer take a walk and come back to it
  • if I really get absorbed and want to keep working past the timer, that is OK but I will not force myself.

Action #5 — Remember the motivator.

Cadtech from wrote:

I remember taking a structural design course in college. I felt so overwhelmed at all the work that needed to be done. It was draining to say the least.

The instructor picked up on this and said “You will see that all this work will be worth it; you are not going to be pumping gas after you graduate!”

I try to remember that when I’m working on my site.

It is worth it to stick with it and build your site at a speed you are comfortable with. One foot in front of the other…

Action #6 — Keep a to-do list with you.

Wendy from wrote:

[Since starting a “to-do” list], I have gotten more done in a week than I have in the past month.

I keep a hard copy of my list with me because I can work on it or make notes when I am away from the computer or have down time. Even if I can’t tackle a large task (write or upload a page, generate in-bound links, brainstorm keywords), I will work on a sub-task (make a phone call, copy and paste text into a file, research an affiliate, find a picture or example of something I want to incorporate into my site).

I feel a great deal of satisfaction when I cross something off of my list, even when it is small.

Action #7 — Be willing to work hard.

PrepaidWirelessGuy from wrote:

It works not because it’s some secret sauce, or complex formula that only a few have the time or intellect to learn, but because the secret is hard work, and MOST people simply can’t commit to consistently working hard on building a site.

I’ve seen people spend countless more hours and a lot more money than me on their businesses, schemes, etc., and with lesser (or no) results. Everyone I explain “my secret” to believes in it; however, they’re unwilling to work that hard, and don’t have the patience.

So why is this important? Because, if you’re any good, if you really care, if you work hard with the time you have, you WILL succeed. And when you succeed, guess what?

You’ll still be overwhelmed…

Nick from wrote:

After more than 5 years with SBI!, I now have my main site which gets around 6000 visitors a day along with a ton of emails coming in. I have my membership site with over 700 members who I need to monitor and help, and I have product sales coming in which need to be processed and shipped. Then I have people on and offline that I am working on joint ventures with in other industries, meetings to attend, courses to organize and teach and the occasional photography job (wedding) to shoot. On top of all that I have books to read, products to review from suppliers and a ton of scribbled notes both on my desk and in my computer with ideas for future projects.

Anyone can make a success of it but stay focused and determined. I have learned to not worry about time and have learned to curb my impatience…it will happen but the way of the Tortoise is the only way. I try to prioritize things now but also realize that if something doesn’t get done immediately, it doesn’t matter, the business trundles along nicely regardless.

It’s a good thing to feel overwhelmed. Recognize the feeling. Use it to get where you want to be.

Action #8 — The key is to keep on keeping on.

Christine from wrote:

I find just plugging ahead and not worrying about where it is going works for me. I learned this technique in grad school, and recently, I read something that reinforced it for me. Just keep working and doing the right things, and eventually it will work!

I have a job and also do freelance work, so I have to fit my website in between there somehow. I have Mondays and Tuesdays off, so those are my “SBI!  work days.” You have to approach working on your website like any other job you have–in fact, I call it “my other job.”

I am working on 2 new sites… I am going through the Action Guide, step-by-step, yet again–and The Action Guide keeps getting better all the time!!! — I read and listen, if that is where I am at, and then do the steps. Or, if I am needing more pages, I write.

I just keeping plugging this way, and it gets done. No need to panic or spend a lot of time wondering where it is all going.

The Guide is the plan, so:

  1. Try to get something done each week, no matter how small or large–schedule it in, like a real job.
  2. Follow the Action Guide step-by-step, and don’t worry about it all.

And in a similar vein, Sue from shares this pearl of wisdom…

Each week I have a plan and set a goal. That not only gives me something to reach for but also a much needed sense of accomplishment when I cross it off “THE LIST!” (Of course, in the meantime I’ve added several more items but one day perhaps I’ll get to scratch them off too. . .)

My point is, that in my view, to build any sort of business, it has to evolve and respond to what the current market wants/needs. In our case with a web business, what our visitors want/need. Therefore, for many of our sites, you need to expect to revise, edit, update, introduce different strategies, test opportunities, and be flexible with your expectations.

When you feel overwhelmed, do one little teeny thing for your site that you WANT and ENJOY doing and the snowball starts to roll again. (For me it is playing around with graphics. . . frustrating ’cause I haven’t a clue but gratifying when I am able to translate what is in my head into a customized graphic for an ad for the site or whatever.)

Action #9 — Free up time for your business.

Petter from

I have a full-time job, and a host of daily circumstances that take up time (like we all do) all around me.

Freeing up time to build a business became one of my top priorities. Here is what I did:

  1. Stopped hanging out with mean and destructive people.
  2. Cut out TV almost all together.
  3. Limit time-zapping habits like: video games, checking site stats, so called “Social networking”(I don’t FB or Tweet so that one was easy).
  4. Prioritize – apply the 80/20 rule – spend time where the resulting benefit is the greatest.
  5. When I get tired, but have time on my hands, I switch from strictly “productive tasks” to “useful fun tasks” like reading TNT articles, browsing forums, working on e-goods, etc. Here is where “passion” for the subject helps greatly!

Final Advice

We all have a mere 24 hours in a day. And we all want to accomplish more than the 24-hour clock allows us (well, anyone with any ambition, that is). Whence comes that feeling of “overwhelmed.”

Now some folks tend to get their minds spinning more than others on this, so it’s critical to know how to break that spin cycle and start walking in a straight line again. You do that by getting back into action mode… by doing something.

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Ken Evoy (CEO, SiteSell)
Ken Evoy is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of SiteSell Inc. He is the creator of SBI!, SiteSell's comprehensive Web business-building system. Ken is also a successful inventor, author, and emergency physician. He feels strongly that solopreneurs can be empowered by leveraging their income building potential online.
Ken Evoy (CEO, SiteSell)

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