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Have you struggled to stay focused and motivated while running your business? No worries if you do. This is something that all of us deal with constantly. Increased motivation for entrepreneurs is a skill that can be developed with practice.
The first step to increasing your motivation is acknowledging that it is important to the growth and success of your business. Without staying consistently motivated, you may be tempted to give up on your business altogether.
After you acknowledge how important staying motivated is for your business, the second step is taking action.
If you’re looking for suggestions, keep reading. Here is a quick list of actionable tips designed to increase your motivation.
Motivation for Entrepreneurs: 3 Tips to Stay Focused
1. Set Clear Goals
How can you be expected to work on your business every day if you don’t know what each day has in store for you? When you set clear goals for your business, you can break them down into daily tasks that keep you focused.
If you have “big picture” goals for yourself, break them down into smaller chunks. Annual goals can be funneled down into quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily goals.
Use a planner: Start planning out your goals and segmenting them into tasks by using a planner. You can use a plain old paper planner that has both monthly and weekly sections. I personally love to write out everything by hand because I’m old school like that.
Most entrepreneurs have a routine for their planning. Sunday evenings are a common time for planning out your goals for the upcoming week.
If using a paper planner is not your thing, there are plenty of digital options out there. Google Calendar or Asana are excellent free tools. You can used their advanced features to create deadlines and reminders for yourself as well.
Setting goals and planning them out gives you a visual and/or tangible reminder of why you work on your business every day. You won’t be burdened with doubt about what the future holds for your business because you’ll already see it laid out before you.
The last thing you want to do as an entrepreneur is wake up in the morning with no plan for what you’re going to do that day.
2. Create a Routine
I’m a big fan of routines, because I feel like they take the pressure off of me to stay on task. At first, the idea of having a routine sounds kind of boring, but it can be super liberating.
Each morning, I start with a personalized self-care routine that helps me prepare to sit down in my home office and get to work. My office hours start at the same time every day. Yes, that sounds a lot like having a day job, but I”m my own supervisor, so it’s cool.
Daily Routines: You can create routines by assigning certain tasks to certain days of the week. For example:
- Sundays: Weekly calendar prep
- Mondays: Blog writing and scheduling
- Tuesdays-Thursdays: Client work
- Fridays: Social media content creation and scheduling
- Saturdays: Self-care (I like to sew on Saturdays. It’s a nice analog break from the digital world.)
Develop a routine that works for your business. It will be harder to procrastinate and put things off when you know that you have a particular time slot to work on your tasks.
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3. Hold Yourself Accountable
One of the side effects of creating a plan and scheduling a routine to work on it is that you’ll start to hold yourself accountable for sticking to it all. As an entrepreneur, you are your own supervisor, so you have to answer to yourself when things don’t get done.
On the other hand, it can be really easy to tell yourself that you’re “not feeling it” today and would rather take a personal day to lounge around.
There’s no harm in that, right? What harm could one day off do, anyway?
If you’re struggling with self-discipline, you may need to find an accountability partner. This is someone who is working towards the same goals that you can check in with periodically to make sure you’re staying on track.
Accountability Partners: Your accountability partner can be another entrepreneur, a business coarch or a mastermind group.
I’m a part of a mastermind group called Serious Side Hustlers, and we meet monthly to discuss our business wins, challenges and goals for the upcoming month. Being a part of this group has really helped me grow as an entrepreneur and makes me want to keep working my heart out to run my business.
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How do you stay motivated?
What tips and hacks do you have to stay motivated while running your business? Leave a comment and let me know!
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