Avoid Overwhelm by Being Your Own Employee

Overwhelm, Be Your Own Employee

Overwhelm is a term that comes up a lot in the entrepreneurial community, especially for solopreneurs. As the boss you must always think about the big picture, keeping everything in mind all the time. Then you have to execute, doing the ground level tasks.

The great thing about being the boss is that everything is up to you.

The worst thing about being the boss is that everything is up to you.

The longer I work for myself, the more I laugh when someone tries to pitch some kind of opportunity by saying “you can be your own boss.” This is only appealing to people who have never actually done it.

This is where the overwhelm comes from. If you are trying to carry the entire plan for the great cathedral in your head while you lay every brick it becomes overwhelming. There are so many bricks to be laid! What is one is out of place? What if there is a mistake?

The architect on the cathedral building project may be quite stressed out. They think about every little thing that has to go right and could go wrong.

The bricklayer? As long as he’s laying his bricks where he’s told and he’s getting paid on the regular, overwhelm is not a word in his vocabulary.

What if you could be the bricklayer in your own business, only thinking about the next brick?

You can. You can separate yourself into two roles: the architect and the bricklayer.

The architect must think about the big picture but doesn’t lay the individual bricks. The bricklayer doesn’t know or want to know the big picture. They just lay the bricks where they’re told.

You can achieve this by dividing your time into planning time and executing time.

In the planning time, you are the architect. Think of it as if you were preparing detailed instructions for your employee who works in a different office and needs everything laid out for the day or week ahead of time.

This is when you think about the big picture. This is when you make the big decisions of how you will allocate resources. This is when you are the boss.

Then, it’s time to execute. You are now the bricklayer, following the architect’s plan. If there’s a minor error in the plan, you don’t worry about it. If the order isn’t entirely perfect, no big deal. The boss gets what the boss asks for.

In bricklaying time, you execute. You don’t think about the big picture. You don’t worry about the grand goals. You run the action item list in the order that the architect presented it to you.

The bricklayer is never overwhelmed because they lay one brick at a time, no matter how many are left to lay.

Try it. Set aside specific time to be the architect and plan your day or your week. Then, become the bricklayer. Follow the instructions and only think of what must be done next.

How can you be overwhelmed doing one thing at a time?

What do you think? Do you think this strategy can help you? Share your thoughts in the comments.


Michael Whitehouse does not know how to lay bricks or design a cathedral, but he does know how to help you stay focused and motivated on what you need to do without getting overwhelmed.

Click here to set up a free, no obligation half hour coaching session with Michael to talk about how you might better be your own employee.

Ed Troxell, Ed Troxell Creative – Podcast Episode 53

Ed Troxell

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Ed Troxell is the Live Video Guy. Live video creates a tremendous opportunity for people to get their message out, and Ed is the guy who can help you do that.

He helps people navigate the technology and the mindset it takes to make great live video.

Connect with Ed at edtroxell.com

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3 Steps to Cold Start Yourself

Sometimes you’re at a dead stop. Maybe it’s just a tough morning to get up. Maybe it’s a tough year. You need to cold start yourself.

It could be a full on depression, a reaction to a disappointment in life or business, or something else.

But the result is the same: you are at a dead stop. No momentum. No energy. No desire to get up and go.

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High Ticket Coaching Nearly Killed My Business

High Ticket Coaching Nearly Killed My Business

There is a certain area of coaching that teaches that your worth is determined by net worth. They tell you that if you don’t have a $10,000 offer, you ain’t nothing. If you’re not bringing in $20,000 a month, you’re a failure.

This mindset derailed my business off of a successful growth path into the doldrums.

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Christmas Stress for the Holidays

Christmas Stress

Isn’t it strange that so many people find Christmas so stressful. Why would “the most wonderful time of the year” lead people to say they hate December and drive them to work themselves to misery?

I have a thought as to why. Try writing down a list of all the traditions that have been constant in your life from childhood to present which existed before you and which might outlast you.

How long is the list? Does it contain Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July (maybe)? Then you might be a mainstream American.

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Jeroen Corthout, CEO, Salesflare – Podcast Episode 52

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I am very excited to have the chance to introduce Jeroen Corthout, the CEO of Salesflare, to you. Salesflare is a CRM system built around the way human salespeople use data, as opposed to the way many other systems are built for what is best for computers.

Jeroen was a salesperson himself, and he found he was quite dissatisfied with the CRM options available, so he set about to fix it with Salesflare.

Since the interview, I have had the opportunity to start using Salesflare, and I have been quite pleased with it. They offer a very innovative kind of trial, and I encourage you to give it a try.

I am also very excited to let you know that Salesflare is a community sponsor of Conference21.

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Previous Episode: Tarletta Williams, Black Dragon Marketing – Podcast Episode 51

Tarletta Williams, Black Dragon Marketing – Podcast Episode 51

Tarletta Williams

Podcast Guest: Tarletta Williams

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Continuing to interview some of our amazing Conference21 speakers, I am honored to introduce you to Tarletta Williams.

Tarletta Williams is a true entrepreneur working as a business consultant, marketing expert, content creator, bartender, and even occasional model. Where there is opportunity, she is ready to seize it!

In this interview, Tarletta shares her story of how she got into business and well as some fantastic social media strategies that you can put to work immediately in your business.

Learn more about her company at www.blackdragonmarketing.com

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Networking Online in Covid Quarantine

Networking online in covid quarantine

A lot of people tell me that they did well making connections in person, but they aren’t sure how to handle networking online in a virtual quarantine world.

The basic process of networking online is quite comparable to networking in person with a few key differences. Let’s start by looking at the steps of making a networking connection.

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