Firstly let me say that you’re not alone. It’s hard to get and stay motivated at times, especially if you have a lot going on but it is so vitally important. No matter if you’re trying to reach a business milestone, kicking off your latest startup idea or just trying to manage the day-to-day goings-on of your business – motivation is critical to your success.
The more motivated you become, the more you’ll find that you’ll gain momentum and the easier it will be to achieve stretching goals and gain that sense of self satisfaction.
It’s far too easy when your someone that works from home to get distracted. You set your alarm for 7am but snooze until 9am. Then after some coffee, some morning TV, a little facebook scrolling you suddenly realise that it’s 1pm and you’ve lost all your energy.
So instead, get a routine – just like you would if you had to go into the office. This is your office so get up and get to it! You can have fun later. Get in front of that desk – the rest will come.
It can really help your mental state to relive a little of your past success. Try putting up a pinboard in your office, behind a door, anywhere that it makes sense. Fill it with testimonials, compliments, past projects, things your really proud of creating or doing. Take a moment when you’re feeling at a low point to go and look at it.
It is one of best ways to remind yourself of how good you are and how far you’ve come.
You may be thinking, “but I haven’t started by venture yet, how can I do this?” Look back in your past, previous jobs or projects that you’ve worked on. Go find them, print them out and put them on the board. It doesn’t have to be related to what you’re working on right now. The whole point is that it should remind you of your proud moments in your past to remind you how good you are.
Keeping everything you need to do in your head or on a thousand post-it notes? You’re probably causing yourself your own stress right there.
Trying to remember to do all the important things is an entire job all in itself. Find a way to get it all out of your head and on a list.
If digital isn’t your thing then go old school and get yourself a fresh new notepad. If you prefer a more 21st century approach then try an app to get yourself organised, there are so many out there so try some out and see what works for you.