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Just Keep Swimming

Just keep swimming

When the chips are against you and you feel like everything is just a little off kilter, how do you get back on track? 

It’s tough to ‘be’ your own business sometimes. It’s just you, and your computer, your thoughts, your ideas, the noise of social media, the must dos and the nice-to-make-time-fors, the value you feel when you do good work with good people, and the disappointment when you know things could have been even just the tiniest bit better.
Now I live for lists, productivity, task management, balance, fresh ideas and organisation, but that doesn’t mean it’s like that all the time. Even a VA has an off day! 
So how do you kick overwhelm to the kerb and bring back headspace and harmony? 


I’m not just talking about the New Year, but what else is new for you and your business? For me, it was time for a change and so January brought a new brand and website which I totally love. It’s so important to keep evolving, even if that means just a little, with your services, the way you work, and the focus of your business. Nick Watts from Depict Creative really hit the nail on the head with the new look. It’s a new springboard and I’m gradually getting over the stage fright and working it!
What is new for you? How can you celebrate how far you have come, in whatever way, to build momentum for the months ahead? 

Step back

If you’re anything like me, when you’re in work mode, it’s work. Your whole focus is getting what you need to do done, the best you can, for the people who value what you do.  
In order to keep perspective, we all need to take a moment to look down (metaphorically speaking) on what we’re doing to see how it all fits together (the 30,000ft view of your business, I call it). You will be amazed what you can see that fits, what doesn’t and how all the the different areas of your business fit together. It really helps to just take a moment to stop and step back.


Take time each morning, before you even switch on your computer, to write down what you need to do and what you want to do. What’s the one thing you want to achieve today? The weeds (unsavoury tasks) the seeds (what will make a difference) and everything in between.  Clarity is key to making changes and keeping momentum.

Just keep swimming

I’ll leave you with Dory from Finding Nemo!  You’ll have this song in your head all day now!
What helps you keep swimming when times are tough in your business?

  1. Rob says:

    Love this good sense and Nemo inspiration, thanks Katie

  2. Rachael says:

    The weeds and the seeds… Love it! And loving your new branding too! Overwhelm is a common theme with many of my clients too so it really resonates… I see evolution myself this year, taking a step back to get to come things that have been waiting a while for my attention… A belated happy new year to you Katie! 🙂 x

  3. Thanks Rachael, glad you enjoyed it and a belated Happy New Year to you too! I think overwhelm resonates with us all from time to time. It’s so important to step back and reassess where we’re spending our time and energy. Good luck with your evolution! X

  4. Thanks Rob, glad you enjoyed it! Always good to get some Disney in when we can 🙂

  5. Nick Watts says:

    I read this for some valuable insight and never expected to receive any credit on this blog for you brand design. Yet even better than that was the perfect analogy of Dori to mirror what you are saying… Just Keep Swimming. Made me smile!

  6. Katie says:

    Thanks Nick, and the credit is very much deserved! Just Keep Swimming!

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