There is no feeling in the world like owning your own business. The autonomy is priceless, and your vision of the future is intoxicating. However, any entrepreneur is also familiar with that creeping hormonal trench you can dig yourself into when you are not used to time management or you hit a wall for the first time (or even second, third…) and start to slowly lose your motivation. What’s a business owner to do? This is especially rough when you are solo, still building your team and sense of accountability. So let’s talk about dragging yourself back into the hustle. There are countless methods to getting yourself structured properly for success, but today we’re going to talk about the first 5:
1. Know Your “WHY”
In the beginning, every business owner knows why it is that they do what they do. Sometimes they forget along the way, but it’s there if you go back to grab it. Find that reason, that “WHY” it is that you do what you do. It’s important to remind yourself every day why you started in the first place, why it is so important. Print it out, write it out – heck, bedazzle it onto the back of a jacket if you need to and wear your mission like you mean it. Whatever means you incorporate to create a tangible visible reminder, get it done so you can keep future you in-the-know.
2. Map Out Your Plan
It’s just fine and dandy that on your best days you can just wing it and somehow make progress like it’s nobody’s business – but those days aren’t every day. Eventually you will get burnt out, frustrated, sick, or something that will blur your vision. You have to be prepared for this to happen by actively mapping out your strategy. This will be what you lean on when your weary mind is too weak to focus. It happens to the best of us, and this is why preparation is key.
3. Build a Custom Routine
Getting yourself motivated is about getting started. For this reason, you should start every day with a great morning routine, which will help your mind and body to be alert, focused and prepared to create new habits. One of the first things you should do in the morning is review your “WHY” and your plan. Other parts of your routine can include a good hearty and nutritious breakfast to give yourself the brain food you need to push forward.
4. Schedule “Me Time”
One of the most common characteristics of a business owner is neglecting to schedule time for themselves. Getting caught up in the details of running a business and evolving the business (not to mention all the other little visions you have along the way) becomes so consuming that everything else falls to the wayside. That’s great for a little while, when your productivity is at its peak, but eventually everyone starts to wear down. Breaking up your time with activities that free your mind, body and spirit -even for as little as 30 minutes- will greatly reduce the amount of stress that business owners put on themselves. Even though you may feel like it’s a waste of time, your body will quickly remind you that it is not.
5. Schedule Everything
Even with a plan, it can be difficult to stay in a routine. For this reason, develop a habit of setting reminders throughout the day for the important tasks and daily goals you have set. Use your alarm, with a manageable volume, also to remind yourself to stay focused on task. An alarm that says, “Get off Facebook and back to work” would be perfect for some of us!
You can also stay on track using time blocking, or the process of setting specific durations of time in your calendar for specific work, projects or tasks.
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