4 Simple Tips to Stay Motivated & Focused when You Work for Yourself
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At some point when you work for yourself, you will invariably find yourself having lost focus, unmotivated and even fatigued. These three are not uncommon to the majority of self employed small business owners. However, you need not get to this point and there are a number of tips that can help you avoid this path to destruction.
Put it Down on Paper
One of the things that make small business owners loose focus failure to identify what they want to achieve. Often, we forget what we want to achieve because we do not constantly remind ourselves of our goals and aspirations. By putting down your goals on paper and having a solid business plan, you have taken care of one aspect. However, you have to continuously remind yourself – on a daily basis. It helps to write down your mission and broad objectives, framing that and placing it on your desk. You can also hang it on your wall… the message here is that you should constantly remind yourself why you are in business.
Read Inspirational Material
Nothing uplifts a broken heart more than some inspirational words which aptly capture the moment and uplift your spirit. Have some inspirational material at hand and read it every day. Associate with successful people whom you can talk to during difficult times and provide you with much needed motivation. Avoid negative people and sentiments especially after you have just lost a major contract or suffered a major setback. They can drive you to suicide!
Your Work Ethic
A lot of newly self employed people loose focus because they have not become accustomed to being their own boss. Thus, a work at home parent may find themselves working for a few hours and then getting distracted by a crying child, a show on TV, Facebook and so forth. Come up with a working schedule and stick to it. If you work from home, make sure your family knows when you are working and get them to respect your working hours.
All Work & No Play
Becoming a workaholic will not make your business grow faster or make you more money. In fact, workaholics eventually suffer from extreme fatigue. It is not only bad for your health but will make you antisocial. For married people, this is a definite no go zone. To avoid fatigue, set aside some leisure time for yourself and your family. Go to the movies, go dancing, go to a game, anything you need to do to relax and take the edge off things. This will do wonders for your health and recharge you. When you get back to work you will notice you are rejuvenated and more focused. Your output can only get better.
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