What do you do to keep from getting overwhelmed? Lately it feels like the chair and the whip aren't enough to keep the lions from lunging at my sweet psyche. I crave calmness. And yet, what am I talking about?
A few months ago I was scratching my head and drumming fingers because of not enough action. Now things are heating up. I'm buying a new car this weekend. The whole family is well fed and happy. I played some good tennis this week…
I suffer from Entreprenuer's Disease: it's an eating disorder whereby self-employed nut-cases like myself bite off more than we can chew. This month I am gorging myself. Here's what's on my plate:
- Regular client work back-logged by missing first week of December on vacation and shortened month due to holidays
- Preparing bonus report for subscribers to Patsi's Private List, so they get valuable information
- Preparing teleseminar with Joan Stewart for Dec. 17 to announce an amazing Social Media time-saver
- Preparing end-of-year sale on leadership development content subscriptions for coaches
- Finishing up Content Marketing for Smart Professionals, a mega-info product/ebook/membership subscription site built on MyKnowledgeGenie.com
- Preparing launch partners for Content Marketing for Smarties program, sales page, teleseminars
- Contacting potential partners to host teleseminars for MyKnowledgeGenie.com
- Preparing blogging teleseminar with Joan Stewart for January 13
- Preparing teleseminar with Seth Godin for January 8
It's all good, but too much work considering I limit myself to working 5-6 hours a day. It's unrealistic and just the sort of thing that will get me grumpy. I'm exploring ways to stay on top of things and maintain an Alfred E. Newman happy attitude. If you've got suggestions on how to say "What, me worry?" and mean it, let me know.
I did read something encouraging this morning on Dave Navarro's Launch Coach blog, two things actually:
- Go with what you have, stop preparing and getting ready and just start announcing it and putting things up for people. Read this great post here.
- Post a 30-second spontaneous video letting people know where you're at in your projects, let them feel like they're coming along with you in the creation of your products. They'll get to know you better and feel more a part of what you're doing. Let your audience see/hear you already.
These two ideas were the inspiration for this blog post. If I wait until everything is perfect and finished to announce these projects, it will be last minute rush.
There's a secret key hidden in this advice that will propel you to finishing things up. Once you've announced what you're doing, you've committed to people to complete them. No weasling out when you loose your motivation juice. (Weasling out is another symptom of Entrepreneur's Disease, when you decide to give up a project "just for now" …)
Do you get caught with Entrepreneur's Disease? What do you do to avoid fizzling out?