Stay Motivated As an Entrepreneur With These Tips
You spent a long time planning and executing the debut of your startup. You worked long hours for no pay getting your grand idea hatched. When you first opened, you continued to work those hours, still for little or no salary, and now that the first year is over, you feel, well, unmotivated. Things are going well, but there is always room for improvement. Entrepreneurship can take a real physical, mental and emotional toll. There are some things you can do to avoid hitting the wall and keeping your head in the game.
Practice Self Care
Putting your health on the back burner is one of the most common things people do. Neglecting your basic needs has dire consequences. While some adverse effects take a while to surface, little things start cropping up right away. Not getting enough sleep is the number one way people neglect themselves. Every facet of your body is impacted when you don’t get enough sleep. Your brain stops firing rapidly and your ability to concentrate decreases. Poor eating habits typically accompany sleep deprivation. Part of your recent lag may have to do with not going to bed at a decent time every night. Set a bedtime and stick to it. In a couple of weeks, you may find your mood and productivity improving from this one change.
Set Real Goals
Now that you’ve been in business, your initial goals have probably been met. Have you thought about updating them? Setting new detailed goals for your business and yourself will keep you motivated. Set benchmarks that will give you a boost when you meet them. Write these goals down and display them where you frequently work. Update your goals to give your entrepreneurship something to achieve.
Schedule Days Off
If you have employees, they have at least two days off after an average 40-hour work week. As the founder, how often do you take off? If you can’t remember the last time you unplugged from the job, it’s been too long. Take a look at your calendar and block out days to take off. On those days, take in an activity you enjoy that is not work-related and unplug. Plan trips and don’t check in with the office. You will be amazed at how refreshed you’ll feel after spending just a day separated from work.
Entrepreneurship is rewarding, but it can be challenging to keep pace. Motivation may lag, and exhaustion is often the main culprit. Taking care of yourself, updating goals and taking time to unplug from the business are just some of the things you can do to regain your drive to push forward.