Preventing Overwhelm On the Job

Business today requires using a wide range of skills. This may be especially true if you are an entrepreneur or business owner. Notice which skill set you are using the most – or possibly over-utilizing.  For example, I am a therapist and a skilled listener. The kind of listening that I do is very focused. I use this skillset for hours at time.

In order to prevent overwhelm, it’s crucial to rest the skill that you’re using the most. Think about your business in terms of your skill set. Are you a problem solver? Negotiator? Finder-of things? Decision-maker?

I’m very reliant on my listening skills. When I come home from work, I intentionally “rest” my listening skills. I stay off the phone as much as possible. I don’t have background music playing all the time. I rest my ears and my mind.

Have you ever had tennis elbow, or some other over-use injury? Our business skills can also be “injured” from over-use. If you are a problem-solver or decision-maker all day long, it is important to rest so you can refuel and be ready for tomorrow.

Many people don’t really think about how they are using or over-using their strengths. If you don’t rest your skills, you will very likely experience depletion and burnout. It can be challenging to unplug when in the pace of business today, the start and end of the “work day” has become blurred by our use of technology.

If you’d like to learn more about how to use your boundaries to take care of yourself and prevent stress, overload and other symptoms, come to one of my workshops. My workshops can be offered at conferences or in workplaces.  Registration link is on my website for April 18 and May 8 workshops.  
April and May workshops are also offered in partnership with the Mukilteo Chamber. If you are a Mukilteo Chamber, please ask me for the registration code.