We all feel unmotivated and unproductive sometimes, and there are loads of reasons why, from tiredness to boredom, and everything in-between. It can even become a habit to start losing focus when your 2pm Americano wears off!
There are some bigger reasons for lack of productivity too. Brexit and the changing economy is leaving many businesses in limbo, meaning they’re cautious about carrying out new plans or investing in their future.
Sound familiar? Here’s how to get your motivation back.
Set goals and keep reminding yourself of them
What do you want to get done in the next 12 or 24 months? It’s important to keep focused on your long-term goals, just as much as the day-to-day. This reminds you of your purpose, puts even the dullest jobs in perspective, and makes it much easier to focus on what really matters.
Handy tip: Small, daily progress adds up a lot quicker than you think. It’s easier to keep at it too!
Move on and do something else
Taking a break doesn’t mean you’re slowing down progress, just pressing pause. Regular breaks mean better productivity, performance, and results.
Recognise when your focus has gone, and put your energy into something else for 30 minutes or an hour. It could be a bit of easy admin, making some calls, going for a run – whatever takes your fancy! It will refresh you and help bring your motivation back.
Learn what works for you
You might be perky first thing in the morning, or your business could demand more from you at night. Whichever it is – don’t fight it, work with it.
Notice when you’re feeling your most productive and start rearranging your daily jobs to accommodate it. Your business’ operating hours and schedule probably isn’t changeable, but how you respond to it is.
Try this good idea: Keep a record of your week and how you’ve spent each hour. You’ll soon see where tasks have dragged on too long, and when you’re racing through the to-do list.
Challenge yourself with something new
When you’re stuck in a rut, sometimes the only way to fix it is to pull yourself right out. If you’ve put some business development on hold, or need to expand your own skills to make your business even better – do it now!
New challenges can be nerve-wracking at first, but stretching new muscles and learning new things is one of the best ways to re-motivate yourself.
Put things in perspective
Part of your demotivation could be pure tiredness. Business owners experience a lot of set-backs and roadblocks, which can add up over time and have a negative effect on your mood.
It’s healthier to put your bad days in perspective – basically, they’re not that bad. The next day is always a clean slate and full of potential. Try not to ruminate, look forward, and you’ll be more likely to make the most of your time.
Don’t put those exciting future plans on hold
Cautious is good, but not at the expense of progress. Your business needs to grow and you can make it happen with the right preparation and investment.
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