So this is a tough one for me, and something I’ve had to work on quite a bit since starting this journey. I have always been used to having a boss and someone that would keep me accountable. Now, I have to keep myself accountable and it’s very easy to procrastinate getting my work done. I think it will always be a struggle but I have found some tips and tricks that I use to help keep me motivated and on track. I will admit, sometimes I wish that I could just go back to being a landscaper in Temecula so I don’t have to worry about this stuff, but it will all be worth it in the end.
Create a Schedule
I have always been a very structured person. I perform a lot better when I have a list, and a schedule to keep me on track with my tasks. If I just try to wing it, I keep jumping around from task to task, not fully completing any of them. With a list, I know exactly what I have to get done and in what order. As I check things off the list, it helps to motivate me to keep going as well, I actually feel like I am accomplishing something.
Get Some Small Wins
Of course, we all want the big wins. The life-changing wins. That is all well and good, but sometime they can take a while to achieve and it can be a little demoralizing when we have to wait for so long for the reward. I have found that getting some small wins while I am waiting for the big one helps me to keep going. If there is a big client I am going after, and it’s taking a long time to land them, I will focus on getting some smaller clients while still working on the big fish. This boosts my confidence and helps me to focus on the big picture. It also helps to keep my pipeline full. If I am banking everything on landing this big client, what happens if it doesn’t come to fruition? If I am still working on some smaller wins, at least I still have something to show for my hard work.
Take Time to Recharge!
This is probably the hardest thing for me to do. When I am at home, I am glued to my phone or my computer. I feel like I have to be so I don’t miss anything. While it can be good to just grind, grind, grind; I think it is also important to take some time to recharge and reset, especially if you have a family. A couple of months ago we got invited to go camping for the weekend. We love camping so of course we went. It just happened to be in an area with no cell service and no internet. At first I was freaking out a little bit because I was afraid of what I was missing, but after I turned all of the electronics off and put them in a drawer, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I relaxed more that weekend than I had in a long time, and when I got home I felt so refreshed, my productivity had a huge boost. Now I set a aside a little time everyday where I turn off the electronics and just focus on spending some time with my family. After all, that is why I started this journey in the first place. If I can’t have that time, then what is the point of it anyways?
Those are just a few of the things that have helped me to stay motivated. I’m sure there are a ton more tips out there, those are just what have helped me the most. Thank you for taking the time to read and, as always, feel free to reach out to me anytime.