Daniel Alfon, Author, Build a LinkedIn Profile for Business
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Updated 3 months ago.
Some days you’d rather be in bed watching Netflix, going surfing, or skiing, than picking up the phone to make client acquisition (revenue generation) calls to increase business revenue. It happens to the best of us, even those of us that love our business. When you feel uninspired to tackle that to-do list, try one or more of these 10 tips, I’m about to share with you, to ramp up your motivation level and be productive again.
1. Get Digital. In today’s digital world, there’s an app, podcast, or video for everything, including motivation. According to American Express’s blog on motivation, commitment trackers such as Stridesapp or Beeminder can give you that extra push to keep up with your long-term and short-term goals. The article also suggested writing the goals down on pen and paper for extra focus, and I certainly agree with this, and all my clients have their specific long-range and short-range goals written down.
2. Set Milestones. Working on a long-term goal can seem endless at times, which results in a loss in motivation. Setting smaller milestones to hit along the way keeps the motivation level up and gives you something to celebrate along the journey. As soon as you break up a large project into smaller tasks, you can start checking them off your list and feeling like you are getting the job done!
3. Reward Yourself. Give yourself something to work toward and acknowledge tasks when they are completed. When you hit a milestone, treat yourself to something. It could be a latte at Starbucks, a movie, a massage, or a new pair of shoes. Whatever makes you happy, this type of incentive is effective in maintaining motivation for both you and your team.
4. Walk Away. For those times when you just can’t get focused, take a break from your desk and get a change of scenery. It could be a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop or a walk around the block. Changing your environment might refresh you enough to get back into it with a fresh perspective when you return to your desk.
5. Brainstorm. Carve out a few quiet minutes to sit down alone and let your mind go. Think about ways to grow the business, get new clients, improve your marketing materials and efforts---wherever you see a weakness in your business, think about a solution to it. How can you prevent the competition from getting ahead of you?
6. Think Positively. Sometimes, inspiration can be hard to find at work, but there is no room for negativity when it comes to staying energized. Positive affirmations can increase your motivation. Say what you are trying to accomplish aloud or write yourself a note that says, ‘I can do it!’. In addition, knowing that what you do in your business helps people in some capacity can up the motivation factor.
7. Get Feedback. Be open to constructive criticism. Sometimes it is hard to accept that a client has moved on to another company but understanding the why can help you build an even better business. Chances are, if one client has an issue with something, others might too, and you will be able to work on the problem and stay motivated to improve your business. You can also get feedback from peers, members of your mastermind group, or a mentor. Sometimes having outside eyes on something, can be very beneficial.
8. Find Inspiration. What you do outside of work can inspire you at work too. Spend some time reading industry news to see what others are doing. Check out blogs and articles posted by other companies within your industry. This widens your knowledge of what other companies are up to, while keeping up on the latest trends. Plus, doing something that is productive but not related to the task at hand just might end up motivating you more.
9. Fake It. There are just those days when you have to fake it ‘til you make it. If you muster up enthusiasm and a let’s do this attitude, you’ll find that you will be energized, and most likely will motivate those around you. Sometimes you just have to put your big girl or big boy pants on and deal with it.
10. Set Your Hours. It might be tempting to burn the midnight oil in order to get a project completed, but it usually ends up backfiring if continued for a long period of time. You’ll end up burning out much faster than if you work at a steady pace. A 20-hour workday isn’t sustainable and will not be productive. Set the hours you plan on working for the day and then turn off the work when it is time. You’ll feel more refreshed when you begin work again the next day. You might even consider taking a half day off on Friday to “play hooky” will get you rejuvenated.
No one feels motivated to work every single day, all day long. When you feel a motivation slump coming on, try to assess why and then choose one or more of these ten tips to help get you back on track to achieving your work goals.
Aim for what you want each and every day!
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