6 tips to stay motivated in business – and refresh your focus

6 tips to stay motivated in business – and refresh your focusNot much has changed in the past few years.  You’re stuck in a rut, repeating your routine, doing the same thing week in, week out.  You’re so busy with these tedious tasks that you rarely find time to innovate, create, learn something new, or take a work break.

Then the negative thoughts start to set in. Not only does this pull your focus, but it could hamper your productivity and affect your business performance and profitability.

Before you burn out, try these 6 top tips to refresh your focus and get back on track:

1 Take a break

It’s true what they say – all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy (or Jill a dull girl!). So switch off the computer, pack a bag, and go on that holiday you’ve always wanted. You don’t have to roam far from home; the idea is to spend valuable time with family and friends, and simply unwind, relax and enjoy. 

2 Revisit your goals

Often we get stuck in a rut because we lose direction with our work. So, revisit your marketing plan. Are you on track to meet your goals? Do you need to set new goals? What can you do in the short and medium term to secure small and big wins?

Consider outsourcing tasks, so you can focus on building your business. You could also train your staff, so they’re up to date with the latest tools and technology for better performance and productivity.

Remember it’s not the goal that keeps you motivated; it’s getting results that sets you on the right road to success.

3 Be prepared to change 

It’s easy to get stagnant when your products or services never change. But we live in a rapidly evolving world, and consumers can change their buying behaviour overnight. So as a business owner, you need to be aware of and sensitive to industry and market changes. This keeps your business bang on trend, and ahead or at least in line with the competition.

Here are a few ways you can make a change:

  1. Innovate your products or services – can you repackage or remarket your offerings?
  2. Host an event with high-profile speakers, to cement your credibility and reach new customers.
  3. Update the design of your website, office, shopfront, or work vehicles.

Whatever changes you make, be sure to align them with your goals.

4 Get networking

Working in your own little world can be isolating and uninspiring. So take the time to get out and connect with other small business owners. This is a valuable way to expand your knowledge, learn from the successes of others, get endorsements, and renew your motivation.  Choose carefully who you network with, since our motivation multiplies when we’re around positive people.

5  Remember who’s boss

Fear and doubt can paralyse even the most savvy business owners. We worry we’re out of touch, fear we won’t succeed, and question our goals. But fear breeds fear, and soon we stop in our tracks and feel utterly powerless.

Remind yourself who’s boss – you! And you have the power to take charge and steer your business back on track. You might need help from an adviser or mentor to get there, but remember you can change your destiny at any time.

6  Reward yourself

Every day, find something to celebrate. Perhaps you had a strong sales day, received glowing feedback from a customer, or achieved a goal.

It’s easy to split goals into small, actionable tasks. Do this and then celebrate every milestone reached.

Celebrate in your own way – catch up with a friend for lunch, go for a walk, see a movie, or buy that new pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. After all, if you don’t who will?

How do you stay motivated? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.

 

Comments

  1. webly says:

    I never thought about rewarding myself everyday. I’ll add it to my list. The way I stay motivated is by taking 1 simple action everyday.

  2. Kristine says:

    I need to do #1. Who am I kidding, I need to do all 6 steps, but right now I really need to do #1, lol!

  3. Carol Rundle says:

    Great motivation ideas! I think right now I need to get into networking more. Good idea!

  4. I usually am highly motivated. What gets in my way is managing all the moving parts in waking hours available to me. If I fall behind, I give up a few hours sleep, like now. But I’m a power napper, so it works. In 8 years of being in business I have seldom lost my inspiration, motivation, creativity for more than 2 days.

  5. Lisa Mason says:

    Great tips and a very good post. Sometimes everyone needs a little refresh of their focus.

  6. These are great! I typically have a day or two here and there where I struggle with motivation or finding my direction, but once I step back and “reset”, I’m good to go for awhile again!

  7. So true, always a good idea to revisit your goals, your why and taking a look at what you have accomplished and maybe find that some things you actually do better than others.

  8. webly says:

    Networking is something I don’t do enough in person. That’s one of my goals for the end of this year and 2016, God’s willing. Also revisiting my goals. I notice as I start to implement my goals, things change, I also change my mind and goals need to be adjusted.

    • Vicky Savellis-Grant says:

      I agree its important to revisit our goals and also tweak if required because things do change. Thanks and good luck with your networking.

  9. I love this, Vicky! All parts of it. One of the biggest things that help me stay motivated is self-care, which includes taking breaks whenever you feel stuck. Or even when you don’t. Build time into your schedule for “nothing doing” or something that takes your mind completely off your business. I’m amazed at all the great ideas I get when I step away.

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