How To Keep Motivated In The Dog Days Of Summer
How do you keep motivated to do your work in the summer?
Summer should be about enjoying yourself, getting outside and hopefully getting away from it all. Of course, most of us don’t have the luxury of avoiding work all summer long. Sometimes, we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get busy, but it’s not always easy if you work from home. I’m sure just about any home or Internet business owner can relate, so here are some tips to stay motivated this summer.
Work hours are your friend: We talked about avoiding distractions previously but it applies here too. When you know when you’re supposed to work, you’re more likely to do it. If you leave your days wide open and think you’ll squeeze work in somewhere, it’s less likely to happen.
Focus on what you like doing: There’s nothing worse than dreading something on our to-do list. Not only do we procrastinate from getting that one thing done, but it can remove our motivation to do anything at all. Always focus on what you’re good at and enjoy. Hire others or take on a partner to do the things you despise, but they enjoy. I’ve never understood why some people love crunching numbers and doing the accounting, but I’m so glad that they do.
But what if you aren’t able to hire someone, here’s a trick I’ve been doing that has worked for me this summer: I eat a frong first thing in the morning! What I mean by this, is I do my least favorite item on my to-do list FIRST. That way, I get it done and then I can focus on what I like doing. Also, I don’t have the thought of doing it hang over my head all day.
Set summer goals: While you may not be working as hard in the summer as you do other times of the year, do set some goals for yourself. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals. Make them challenging, yet attainable and outline the steps you’re going to take to achieve them.
Breaking them into steps is very important. I spread these steps throughout my week and lo and behold, I usually complete my goal on course!
Reward yourself: When you accomplish a goal, give yourself a reward. Whether it’s a camping trip, a weekend away or simply an iced tea on the patio, everyone likes to have their work appreciated. Appreciate yourself readily!
We’ve been doing this a lot this summer. Last week when we finished our tasks mid-afternoon, we headed to our local county fair. Every week there is an evening concert in the evening so that’s our mid-week treat.
Give yourself a break sometimes: As entrepreneurs, we can be pretty hard on ourselves. We try to pack so much in, create ridiculously long to-do lists, but it’s not really necessary. Always re-evaluate your work plan and adjust it to make sure you get the most important things done.
I guess the real lesson here is to know where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. Always have a plan, but be prepared to adjust it where necessary. When all you want to do is enjoy the summer, it just makes keeping motivated a little more challenging.
Of course, if your motivation has gone down because business has slowed down, we have another problem. We’re going to talk about reviving a slow business in my next post.
Meet Guest Blogger Adele Jackson
This summer is going to be a busy one for us – finalizing our book Shoot To Sell: Make Money Producing Special Interest Videos and setting up the companion website, getting our SIV Academy up and running, so we’ve enlisted the help of Adele Jackson to help out a bit. She’s got a ton of ideas for your business this summer. Whether you want to take a vacation or rev up your sales, she’s got you covered. We hope you’ll enjoy her posts. Adele writes for DIYplr.com.
Without further ado, meet Adele Jackson.
Hi folks, I’m so glad to be able to visit over the summer and share some strategies that have worked for me and others. Keeping business going through the summer isn’t always easy, but if you approach it right, you can still have fun and keep the cash flow coming.
My house is always filled with kids in the summer (my own and, it seems, all the neighborhood kids), so I can relate. Add to that, we love to go camping and get ourselves right off the grid for days at a time. I know, it can be a shock to the system to survive without Facebook. 😉 Regardless, somehow I always manage to make it through and I’d love to help you too.
A few things we’ll be talking about
• Avoiding distractions and staying motivated.
• Even if it’s your slow season, how to keep business moving along.
• Going on vacation, even when you’re a solo operation.
• Generating traffic, staying on top of social media and keeping your content fresh while you’re busy having fun in the sun.
I do hope you’ll join me for the journey. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend signing up for the RSS feed or email updates, so you don’t miss a thing. I’ll be talking to you again soon.
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