Managing MAYhem in Your Business

Have you seen the All State commercials where the mayhem hashtag is doing all sorts of distracting things to wreak havoc in people’s lives? (If you haven’t, you can check them out here!) It got me thinking about mayhem and what happens when you experience some sort of mayhem in your business.

I started down this rabbit hole by looking up definitions of mayhem, and while there were many, one stuck out to me in particular: 

mayhem (n.): a state of violent disorder or riotous chaos

I was particularly taken with the strong and evocative words in this definition. Violent. Riotous. Chaos. Whether it’s in your business or personal life, due to external market conditions or internal confusion, mayhem can upend your life and negatively impact your business if left to run rampant. While getting back to a stable and strategic state is a process that takes time, here are a few things you can do to center yourself and start back on the right track.

Three Key Takeaways

1. Call an audible/timeout. As entrepreneurs, we have the tendency to keep going and going, because there’s so much we want to accomplish. But trust me – your body can and will shut down on you if you don’t listen to the signs of burnout. We’re especially susceptible during seasons of mayhem when there’s more than usual going on and everything seems out of control. If you’re experiencing mayhem in some aspect of your life, give yourself permission to call a timeout and stop the constant activity. This might mean putting projects on hold indefinitely, furloughing your team for a season, or something else entirely. In any case, it will give you time to refocus and recharge so you can figure out how to move forward.

2. Get away/find a new space. Getting out of our usual, everyday spaces allows us to tune in differently and gain new perspective to help overcome challenges. Seek out a change of scenery during your timeout, whether it be a staycation at a hotel in your hometown or that month-long vacation to the Greek isles you’ve always dreamed about. It all depends on the amount of time and money you want to invest. While professional retreats can be an excellent way to get out of your usual space, this should be a personal vacation that allows you to step away from work.

3. Create your emergence plan. Ultimately, the goal is to emerge out of your timeout refreshed and with an actionable plan for overcoming the mayhem in your life. Identify the one thing you can do to help you best move forward in your business and meet your goals. While it may seem counterintuitive not to have a comprehensive action plan, sticking to one thing will help you move faster and avoid feeling overwhelmed as you’ll be able to focus your attention entirely on the critical things that will keep progressing the business. You may want to consider delegating essential operational tasks to team members to free yourself up for the bigger picture projects.

Additional Resources

Overcoming a season of mayhem and ready to jump back in to your business? We can help! Attend one of our upcoming Convert Labs.

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