There are days when we wake up not knowing how to start the day. It can be hard to know where to begin, especially when you are an entrepreneur and working on your own. Even though you have a master plan, a to-do list, and goals, getting up in the morning can sometimes be the most difficult task of the day. Working from home or on the road can be very lonely and it takes a lot of motivation and effort when you’re just accountable to yourself.
If to-do and goal lists don’t work on certain days, how else can you get yourself going?
When I need to overcome the fear of continuing with my tasks, one of my favorite things to do is work from a co-working space. Human beings like to socialize, so working together or working next to other people is a great way of sparking up your motivation and creative flow. It can help to see others working, and you get to have conversations with others, which can be quite helpful in times of self-doubt or when there’s a lack of inspiration.
Turning off social media, your phone, and email, and blocking Google can also be very helpful. Not being able to distract yourself from the tasks that need to be done can be a lifesaver, or at least a work saver!
Sometimes it can be also as simple as getting up and cleaning your workspace. Sort out your paperwork, organize your books and materials, sweep or vacuum, and make it a nice place to spend time. Experiencing the feeling of achievement even with such simple things can have a much better effect on your mood and workflow than forcing yourself to sit in front of the computer and do nothing. Starting with the daily tasks that need to be done anyway can have quite a big psychological effect on our emotional wellbeing–and who doesn’t love the feeling of having achieved something? Don’t underestimate small tasks such as washing dishes and doing laundry.
Going for a walk and getting fresh air doesn’t just help to get new oxygen into your bloodstream, it can also help you come up with new ideas and find inspiration in order to continue with your work. Generally, it is a great idea to make sure that you have regular breaks and get some sunlight and fresh air, even if for just a few minutes.
Another idea is to break down some of your bigger tasks to smaller pieces so you are able to keep taking steps towards your goal without feeling overwhelmed. And while social media might be a big part of your business, it can sometimes be quite helpful and healthy for you to take a break. Remember to schedule posts to go live during your break, though. You can use that time to work toward other tasks instead. It’s about turning your work into a joyful and pleasant experience with positive achievements that help you to create surroundings that makes it easier to go through the less pleasant moments of being an entrepreneur and working for yourself.
Just remember that these are just a couple of lifesavers for how to stay motivated. Any ou might already have one that is absolutely your favorite and that works for you.