Being an entrepreneur is harder than it looks. While some may think your job consists merely of leisure coffee shop excursions + long hours perusing blogs all day, you’ll know the truth, that entrepreneurship is more blood, sweat, and tears than the gruelling workout you sneak in now + then. Your business woes will keep you up later + more often than your horrific dating life and may even replace it altogether. All that and it pays just a fraction of the cushy job you left, gave up, or couldn’t get. You work twice as hard for half as much or less. At least in the beginning.
So why do you keep going? Or rather, how do you keep going when all you want to do is quit? How do you get that funk out + stay motivated?
How to Stay Motivated
In my first year of business I found a few ways to get that funk out and I learned how to stay motivated during those down times. Here they are.
How to Stay Motivated :: Tip 01
Turn the tunes on.
It’s funny how such a small thing can turn up the gears so quickly. When I find it hard to get going in the morning, or the late afternoon, I crank my special tunes + hum along while I get to work. Lately, I’ve been loving Lykke Li’s new album or Beyonce or Lana Del Rey and always Rihanna. What’s your motivate-me-music?
How to Stay Motivated :: Tip 02
I love this one because it seems to happen without actually trying. When I’ve been hustlin’ hard I tend to slip into this silly mode where everything is funny, to me at least. But it works. It gets me motivated to keep going because I’m having so much fun. But here’s the thing, you have to take that time, shut the technology off for a few minutes or hours + let loose. Call a friend because this how to stay motivated tip is best when accompanied by another silly soul.
How to Stay Motivated :: Tip 03
Make a plan.
Sometimes the biggest thing standing in your way is yourself. You’re overwhelmed, you have a to do list longer than your bucket list and you don’t know where to start. Here’s where you set aside a whole day just to plan. Layout your monthly, weekly, and yearly goals to keep you focused.
How to Stay Motivated :: Tip 04
Set a routine.
Setting a daily routine will get you in the habit of staying motivated. It starts with your morning. If every day you wake up with the top few habits that keep you motivated, then the rest of your day will surely follow. I like my mornings to consist of dance tunes, a tasty smoothie, emails, earl grey tea, and lots of water. Sometimes I’ll throw in a bit of stretching or a dance break mid morning to shake things up a bit. What’s your morning routine?
How to Stay Motivated :: Tip 05
Get out of the house. Get out of town. Get out of your head. Just plain get out. It’s time for a break, girl. All you could need is a little refresher to refuel your creative juices. I used to work so much that I wouldn’t even take a weekend off. But now that I’m reserving some important fun time, I’m able to hustle even harder than before. Plus, the reward is sweeter because I’m rested enough to enjoy it.
So there you have it. My top 5 how to stay motivated tips to get that funk out of you. I hope I’ve inspired you to keep pushing through the rough patches because you know what they say, “no risk, no reward…” or something like that. What’s that quote again?!
Now it’s your turn. What are your how to stay motivated tips? Wanna share your playlist? Leave a comment + let me know.