No one ever said running your own business would be a walk in the park. There’s so much to manage and think about, and let’s face it, at times it can feel completely overwhelming, zapping any last bits of motivation you might have had left.
It’s during these flat times that you need that boost to help keep marching on and chasing those business goals– sometimes this is something that is easier said than done. That’s why we’re here to help with a guide on what you can do to give yourself that lift when your motivation has left the building.
You deserve a break
If you have found yourself ignoring the signs of stress, you may not realise how detrimental this can be to both your health and your business. Just like many aspects of running your own business, it is a balancing act.
So if you have been toying with the idea of taking that well deserved holiday or even a staycation, now is the time to treat yourself. Schedule some time to indulge in activities that are going to help you feel recharged, refocused, and inspired – hello yoga retreat!
If a holiday is off the cards right now, then make sure you are allowing yourself to take regular breaks during the day. Even if it’s squeezing in a lunch time walk, breaking up the day, stepping away from your work is a small step you can take to help refuel your motivation.
Remind yourself why you started your business
It’s really easy to get caught up in the everyday operations of your business and quickly forget why you even started it in the first place. Set some time aside and look at far you have come. Think back to the core things that motivated you to get this gig happening in the first place.
Revisiting things like your mission statement, business purpose, strategy, purpose, visions and values can help with rekindling that spark. Reminding yourself of these reasons can create new ideas and maybe ways you can improve, grow or change your business for the better.
Just like your business’ original mission statement and visions, reassess what are some of the goals that you have set for your business. What is the bigger picture for your business’ future and how are you going to get there?
Once you can see these goals and can see which direction your business is moving in, you might want to update some of them to be more in line with your business and its current situation, because things change. For example, from the time you set these goals your business may have introduced new processes, products and services.
Put it into action
If you wind back the clock to when you first started your business, you probably remember your initial business plan pretty fondly. Plans are there to help put your ideas and dreams into goals that can be achieved through certain actions.
Breaking down your business goals into steps and understanding the processes and resources that are required to get there, will help your motivation in an instant. Having a blueprint for success is something all kind of businesses of all sizes can create and more importantly achieve.
You want to keep your goals to be realistic and achievable, and when you reach them, be sure to celebrate your success and acknowledge the hard work that was put in to reach them.
Make time for motivation
Incorporating time each day for motivation, is a simple step that anyone can start adapting into their daily routine. Each business owner is different, so find a way that is going to work best for you.
You might like to start with:
- Listening to inspiring podcasts
- Displaying your business goals in places that are visible and easy to remind you
- Write down the things you would like to achieve for the month, week, day
- Share good news and achievements within your business. Not only do you want to keep yourself motivated but also your business as a whole.
Make the most of your mornings
Do you often find yourself wondering where the day has gone and hit the afternoon feeling overwhelmed with a wave of work? It is an easy trap to fall into when you run your own business, but one that can be avoided. Setting up a healthy routine where you start the day on the right foot can help make a world of difference to your motivation.
In those earlier, quieter hours, spend time creating things like your to-do-list, and outlining what you want to achieve for the day, what needs to be done and how you’re going to do it. This is a time to also check in with your goals for the week or month and make sure you are still on track.
Take care of your health
Being on top of your health and making it a priority is vital when you run your own business. It’s about making time for those breaks, exercising, eating well and just all round looking after yourself. If you feel a bit uninspired, here are some quick tips on things you can do to boost your health, wellbeing and motivation.
- Try a new activity. There are plenty of online classes available for all kinds of fitness activities so try mixing up your exercise routine with a new style
- Have a walking buddy- this might be a family member or friend that you can mix both exercising and socialising with
- Start a gratitude journal, making time on a daily basis to focus on the things that make you happy
- Learn something new. Keeping your mind active is also a contributing factor to your health and wellbeing.
Spend less time worrying
Sometimes your motivation can be lost because there’s something else that is taking that space in your mind. Worrying about your business is a common issue for many small business owners and can fast become a problem.
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