How I stay motivated.
Regardless of your profession, there are certainly some tasks that require autonomy, self-direction, and personal awareness. And when you have your own business, management of those characteristics are even more important. And maintaining them can be the biggest challenge.
I've gotten a few emails recently asking me professional questions advice and I'll do an FAQs post answering them all soon and in the meantime, I thought I would answer one that people ask me often: how do I stay motivated?
The short answer to this is Jesse. He is the most self-motivated person I have EVER met! He is so disciplined and dedicated and needs zero professional motivation. Having a husband like that is incredibly inspiring and, at times, makes me feel like I should be working 1,000 times harder.
The other answer is that I usually have so much going on between various projects that I always feel like one project is getting more attention that day or week and it makes me yearn to work on other projects. For example, if I am working on a big project for my blog then it makes me really want to work on The Bundle and so the next day I am energized to have the opportunity to focus on The Bundle and vice versa.
I have found that the best way for me to stay motivated is to have multiple things going on at once. When I started this blog, I was working full-time and going to grad school at night. Having such little time to work on the blog made me feel like it was a treat when I got to work on it. I always did my job first (since it paid me...lol), then grad school since I like school, and then the blog.
So here are some tips for staying motivated:
Set goals. Before I start a new project, no matter the size, I set long-term goals. Reflecting on these helps keep me motivated. I also love that I have different goals for my various projects- some are simply meeting deadlines, some are financial goals, and some are creative.
Chip away slowly. This is the biggest piece of advice I have for people, especially ones who are building a business. It can truly be so daunting to think about all of the things you have to do when trying to grow your business. I honestly try and do at least one thing every day that moves my business, blog, and creative projects forward. That can be reaching out to new people, researching, listening to a podcast, writing a blog post, making edits to my website, discovering new brands, making sales pitches, engaging on Instagram-- you name it.
Set deadlines and make a habit of sticking to them. The only way things get done is if you do them, obviously, right? But it can be so easy to push back deadlines. I always say I am going to stick to my deadlines and I make a habit out of it.
Create a schedule. I have a rhythm to the week- Mondays I catch up and do a lot of work for The Bundle. Tuesdays I get all my writing done. Wednesdays I schedule meetings. Thursday I leave open and Fridays I work until 12 pm. Having this schedule keeps me organized and gives structure, while still allowing for flexibility.
Take time to recharge. This is the thing that most people forget to do. It can be so easy to be a fast-moving train going at high speed and working on your business. But you will burn out. It's important to take time to recharge- not only to regain some energy but to step back and gain some perspective.