It can be pretty exciting when you take the leap to being your own boss but when that initial start up process is over and you find yourself up and running, maintaining drive and momentum can be pretty challenging at times. Here are a 5 tips to stay motivated when you’re self employed;
1. Avoid the drift
Plan your day setting clear goals and tasks to achieve or you may get to the evening and feel you’ve simply drifted through it. Small wins count too such as tidying your workspace or finishing some accounts admin that you’ve been putting off.
2. Get the boring stuff out of the way and focus on the good stuff
Don’t put off those tasks that you hate to do – they just become a monkey on your back. Whilst you probably set up your business in order to do something you love, it’s a fact of life that running a business still involves some tedious tasks that are best to get out of the way so you can really focus on the fun stuff.
3. Be clear about your goals
Be honest, do you really want to be the next Richard Branson or really are you quite happy with a lifestyle business that suits your needs emotionally and financially? Once you’ve worked some of that out, write it down. You can then break it down from high level stuff into manageable tasks to get you on the road to where you want to be.
Don’t put pressure on yourself to only make connections that will generate business. When you work on your own, it can be a fairly solitary existence if you don’t get out and about to have some face to face interaction. I’ve met my key suppliers at networking events and you never know, you might actually meet some new friends too!
5. Remember the Dream
Why did you set up your business in the first place? When the good times are rocking and the money is rolling in, complacency can embed itself in your day to day. You might actually sometimes feel a little bored. Equally, when things are looking a little tight and getting those sales in is tough, you might feel like giving up. Don’t let yourself do either. Remember your vision for the life you wanted to create when you started your business. Keep your passion and purpose in the forefront of your mind.
“Begin with the end in mind” .
*Disclaimer: This is an exceptionally mummy-centric post where both wee and poo will be mentioned!
So the little lovely boy turned 2 at the end of September and whilst we’ve had the occasional toddler tantrum (most often occurring when I can’t get the Sky Plus to rewind and replay the one episode of Gigglebiz I remembered to record) he’s been pretty easy going, even with the obligatory constantly snotty toddler nose.
We’ve had a potty knocking around for a little while now and there’s been a gradual increase in interest in it. Whilst getting ready for the bath at night, as soon as that nappy is removed he’s off like a rocket to sit on the potty and ready to receive a rapturous applause for the little trickle of wee he leaves behind. Now, whilst I believe this is deemed ‘a sign’ of being ready for potty training I really wasn’t sure what to do with this information – do we go for it or is it just a phase? Am I ready for potty training?
Well, the same happened last Sunday night but this time with a closing of the door and much straining noise – yep, there was a number 2 in the potty. Even more rapturous applause than normal followed along with a slightly confused toddler starting at result of said straining for quite some time. So, we’ve purchased some pull-ups and have talked lots about pants and potties – even me and the husbands conversations have been particularly intellectually stimulating this week when debating the differences between Pampers and Huggies pullups and the best method for cleaning out said potty.
Its my day off tomorrow and I really don’t know what to do – gradual introduction of potty and pants or just suck it up and go cold turkey with the nappies? Like any normal person (ahem) I’ve googled and researched with no real answers yet but lots of amusement from these lovely mummys’ experiences.
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So I’m going to try and relax about the whole thing, buy a few extra pairs of trousers and see what happens. We may even go crazy and start thinking about converting his cot into a toddler bed……….on second thoughts, one thing at a time! x
It’s the night before an exam that I’ve been studying for over the last few months. Feeling irritable. Why do I put myself through this? Well, being something of a life-long learner, I guess it goes with the territory. I’m my own worst enemy really and I guess essentially, pretty nosey – I just need to know how things work.
I’m sure there’s quite a few of us out there, you know, busy professionals with young families who just have oh so much time to squeeze in several hours of study a week and put ourselves through the mill every now and again when dreaded exam time comes around.
On this particular occasion, I’ve been working on a subject which is pretty dry. I’m being generous with that description. It’s really dull. I’m more of a big thinker than a detailed logic kinda girl (my husband would back be up on the lack of logic element). But I have to think of the wider picture with this one. It’s an area that will really help my credibility in the current industry I’m in from the perspective of others. From my own perspective, it will help me to believe in my own credibility.
I’ve never really been hugely competitive with other people, whether personal friends or professional peers. However I have always been pretty competitive with myself. In some ways, that’s been a great asset as I’ve pushed myself to try things out of my comfort zone and achieve stuff that I may not have otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to win the nobel prize or bring about world peace but in my little part of the universe, I have had the attitude of ‘why not?’
Let’s also get this straight though, I’m not so adventurous as to say ‘why not just bungee jump off the Golden Gate Bridge?’. But perhaps we don’t have to complete such hair raising adventures to feel a little bit like we’ve done ok. We’ve done ok for giving stuff a go. Stuff that may not be adventurous or high achieving at all to others. But stuff we can be proud of and own, just for ourselves.
So, after the labourious study, the painful repeated calculations (wish I’d listened more in maths at school) I’ll be giving it a go tomorrow. After all, why not?