Running out of gas? Check out 3 you can do right now to kick-start your entrepreneurial engine…

Being overwhelmed is like running for a bus: it’s frustrating, discouraging, and ultimately so draining that it leaves you gasping for breath.

But for entrepreneurs, being overwhelmed can seem like a fact of life. There are days (or weeks, or months) when we feel like we’re drowning in our to-do list.

And if this becomes the rule instead of the exception, you and your work will suffer.

You want to do your best work, but if you’re overwhelmed, just keeping your head above water may take up most of your energy. So, how do you get back into a place of strength and abundance?

If you’re running out of gas, here are 3 things you can do right now to kick-start your entrepreneurial engine…

Take a Day Off

Yeah, we get it. You want to be more productive, so how the heck is taking a day off going to help?

But hear us out. A day off can be just the thing to get back to your usual, remarkable self.

If Google, Uber, and other incredible companies have actual naprooms at their headquarters, then who are we to argue with the power of a little R&R?

It’s difficult for most of us to take a day (or even an afternoon) off, especially because you love your business. But remember: you can’t do your best work if you’re running on empty.

Get to a good pausing point on the to-do list (I promise it will be there tomorrow!) and step back for a day to reconnect and reenergize. You’ll be amazed at how much your motivation spikes.

Just Breathe

If you’re a Pixar fan, you’ve probably heard a certain forgetful, blue fish urge you to “just keep swimming.” Well, my fellow mammals, let’s try our own version of this.

Maybe you managed to take a day off (or at least a portion of an afternoon). Chances are, your to-do list still hasn’t been defeated. Your email is pinging, your phone is buzzing, and you’re starting to feel that all-too-familiar tightness coiling inside your chest.

Awesome Entrepreneur, we say this with love: Just keep breathing.

When you’re stressed or tired, you’ll often take more shallow breaths, which tells your body that something is wrong… Which makes you feel even tenser. Yikes!

You may not have time to go full-on lotus pose, but take a moment to focus on your breath and let your brain rest. You’ll find that your racing thoughts will slow down to a more manageable pace.

Mono-Tasking and Time Blocking

Studies show that women are born multi-taskers, but that doesn’t mean that it’s in our best interest to juggle ten things at once.

An astounding 96% of people report being less efficient when multi-tasking. And if that weren’t bad enough, multi-tasking can be incredibly stressful because it can seem like you never really accomplish anything.

Instead, try mono-tasking. Give yourself the gift of concentration and creative flow by directing all your attention and energy into a single task. You’ll probably find you’re more effective when you’re focusing fully.

Once you’re head-over-heels in crush with mono-tasking, try the Pomodoro Method for keeping up with your to-do list. We covered this in greater depth in our recent Time Management Challenge, so head on over and download your Members-Only goodie. (Not a Member of LEAP? Find out more.)

Your greatest work comes from a place of abundance and strength, but you can’t be your best if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

If you feel like you’re giving it your all day after day and you’re still not measuring up, it’s natural to get discouraged. And from there, it’s pretty hard to get in gear to do the amazing work you were meant to do.

So do yourself (and your business) a favor and do a bit of self-care. Take little moments every day to nurture yourself. It doesn’t mean you’re not a hard worker.

It means you love what you do enough to bring your best self to it.

So here’s the thing:

You can’t give your best self to the world when you feel like you’re drowning in a flood of must do’s.

There’s so much more to talk about! Let’s tackle that to-do list and get back to a place of bounty!

About Emily D. Tisdale, Founder & CEO

Meet the brains — and heart — behind LEAP for Women. Emily is LEAP’s guiding force, committed to supporting women entrepreneurs at every stage in their journey.

She loves LEAP because:

We’re an authentic resource for women who want the nitty-gritty details of running a business. I want everyone to have the same amazing resources I had.

A resident of Indiana, Emily prides herself on being a transplanted Hoosier and enjoys watching Colts football and spending time with her husband and their two children.

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