Whether it’s Monday and you just can’t get motivated or it’s Friday and you are ready to start the weekend, we all have those times when we just aren’t motivated to get the boring work done. Â So we want to help you get thru those times with a little help from, Scott Langdon!
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Building a business requires doing a of less-than-thrilling tasks, day after day. You need to work whether you’re inspired or not.
No matter what kind of work you do, you’ll always have daysÂ you donâ€™t feel motivated.Â Running a business isÂ exciting and challenging, but also boring and mundaneÂ sometimes.Â Itâ€™s human nature to get distracted, frustrated and disappointed now and then. The key is knowing howÂ to get back on track so your business doesnâ€™t suffer.
Your professional success and personal happiness both depend on staying motivated. Here are a few ways to give yourself a boost when you start to get bogged down.
1. Make a schedule.
Not reporting to an office every day or punching a clockÂ can be an amazing thing.Â ItÂ also can pose a tremendousÂ challenge. You can wake up when you want, take breaks when you want, eat when you want and stop working when you want.Â With so much autonomy, it’s important to discipline yourself by setting a daily schedule.
The thought of sleeping inÂ or taking a two-hour lunch every dayÂ might be tempting, but neither willÂ help your business.Â Set an alarm so you’ll wake up at the same time every morning — and start early. Studies showÂ people who are proactive in the morning are more apt to be successful long term.Â Determine yourÂ standard lunch break and your typical end of day. You might not be able to follow preciselyÂ the same schedule every day — things do come up, and some will need your immediate attention. Still, working on aÂ schedule can help keep you on track and productive.
2. TakeÂ breaks throughout the day.
DesignÂ your daily schedule with short breaks in mind. Limit eachÂ toÂ 10 or 20 minutes, or you risk gettingÂ swept into a sucking hole of unproductivity. These breaks are particularly helpful if you’re struggling with a problem. Take a step back, focus on something else, and come backÂ with fresh eyes.Â Consider taking a quick walk outside or engaging in some other form of activity. Get a glass of water, meditate or surf social media to shift your mindset.
If you find yourself constantly being distracted during your work hours, consider devoting your break time to whatever activity is occupying your mind. Just make sure to schedule those breaks so you know when they start and end.
3. Consider the alternative.
What did you do before you decided to start a business?Â What do your friends and family do?Â Chances are, at least some of them report to a cubicle every day and work the same 9-to-5 job all year round, with only twoÂ weeks of vacation in the mix.Â While being an entrepreneur definitely isnâ€™t easy, itâ€™s not boring, either.Â You can make your own schedule and set your own goals without a boss breathing down your neck.Â You probably donâ€™t have a very long commute, and you certainly donâ€™t have to dress up every day (unless you want to).
Still not convinced?Â Visit one of your friends at work and spend a little time in the square box she or heÂ calls an office. MyÂ guess is youâ€™ll be running back to your business with a new sense of appreciation for the lifestyle it makes possible.
4. Take advantage of flexibility.
Nowhere is it written that you have to stare at a computer screen in your own home or workspace every day. TryÂ changing it up: Work from a coffee house one day, a library the nextÂ and a park the day afterÂ that.Â Changing your scenery will keep you on your toes and might even pique your creativity.
Once you’ve established good habits with your standard schedule, you’ll seeÂ it’s OK to deviate from the norm every once in a while. Take a longer lunch break and meet a friend at a fun restaurant.Â Break early one day to catch a drink with friends.Â Or go out late one night and give yourself permission to sleep in the next day.Â TheseÂ all are perks you can enjoy as an entrepreneur. Realize what a gift that is and exercise that flexibility inÂ moderation, of course. In the long term, it’s only going to help your productivity.
5. Think about the future.
You set goals when you first started your business, and you know you must continue to adapt those objectives as time goes on. If you feel yourself procrastinating or getting distracted, ask yourself how meeting those goals will affect your future. Where do you want your business to be in sixÂ months, a year, or five years? How will your daily work help you achieve your ambitions?Â And how much better will your personal and professional life be once you reach each milestone?
Donâ€™t be afraid to dream big — and don’t ignore the fact your daily activitiesÂ are what it takes to attainÂ your ultimate vision. Write down your goals and post them where you’re sure to see them. They’ll serve as an added reminder when you get a bit down or frustrated. You might look to success stories from other entrepreneurs. Finally, donâ€™t forget to reward yourself as you meet each goal. You worked hard, and you deserve to celebrate those victories.
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Scott Langdon is an entrepreneur with over 13 years of internet marketing experience, and currently serves as a managing partner of the nationally-recognized SEO firm HigherVisibility. Langdon and the HigherVisibility team work with clients of all sizes from across the country to offer a full range of interactive marketing services. He resides in Memphis, Tennessee.