One of my favorite movies is Joss Whedon’s Serenity. I happen to be one of the cult like followers of the TV show Firefly and its movie spinoff, from the creater of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But what does a sci-fi movie have to do with being overwhelmed? First a little about the movie.
If you aren’t familiar with Serenity, here is a good synopisis from IMDB.
The crew of Serenity will take any job, even if that job isn’t exactly legal. Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his crew take small smuggling and robbery jobs to keep their ship afloat, and to stay under the radar of The Alliance, the galactic conglomerate that not only rules the galaxy, but was on the opposite side of the war Mal lost years ago. But when a Simon and his unstable, telepathic sister, River join the crew, they get in much more trouble than they bargained for. A mysterious man is after River, because she stumbled onto a secret no one was supposed to know… and the alliance will do anything to get her back. Written by Alex W.
River is the young girl in this video. This is a deleted scene from the movie so if you have seen it on TV, you may not have seen this.
I can’t help but think while watching the video, that many business owners and entrepreneurs could feel similarly. They have a great deal of information coming at them from all directions and you can get very overwhelmed trying to make sense of it all.
There are tons of resources and teachers available and the sea of advertising can make you feel like you are drowning. The key is to not overextend yourself to the point you go mad. You can’t possibly count all the rocks by yourself.
Creating a well rounded team is essential to making your business succeed. For example, my daughter was in the hospital a few weeks ago. We were in an isolation unit and quite literally had no access to the outside world. Luckily, I have a wonderful team of transcriptionists and writers that work for me and they kept things turning even without me around. If I had been in a different situation, this could have been fatal to my business. I had a lot of catching up to do myself when I got back home but the ladies had kept everything nice and neat while I was gone. I am also very thankful for Basecamp because I was able to log in on a single page and assess my battlefield. Instead of having to contact all 25 of my employees, I had a summary right in front of me. Those of you that know me, know I am a huge fan of anything that removes repetitive and redundant tasks from my day.
Another great practice when you become overwhelmed is outsourcing. All of the greats do it. You get the benefits of a copywriter or marketing guru without the costs of employment. You can outsource nearly anything and once you have found a great team to work with you, they can likely refer you if you have a need for a new service. This is when you think of all the things you hate to do and start making a list. How much more money could you make if you weren’t doing (or procrastinating) tasks you hate.
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Erica Cosminsky is an HR Business Strategist for small businesses. She can slog through the pile of applicants and help deliver the best assistant to your “office door”, she transforms mile long to-do lists into manageable bites, and like your best friend after a raging party, she sticks around to offer assistance or clean up any messes, etc. Find her free delegation workbook at TheInvisibleOffice.com
She is a former corporate HR Manager, and ran her own virtual business team for 4 years. She has a BS in Organizational Leadership focused in HR and is a grad student in Industrial and Organizational Psychology focused in Workplace Efficiency. Honestly, if you have questions about working with people, Erica can probably help you. Ask her on Twitter. @Cosminsky