Do you ever lack motivation as an entrepreneur? Do you often beat yourself up because you don’t feel like you’re working hard enough? This is something I’ve struggled with the entire time I’ve been self-employed! I figured it might be something a lot of you struggle with too, so I wanted to write this post to remind you to stop being so hard on yourself all the time!
I’ve always had this idea in my head that the perfect entrepreneur would wake up at 6am every morning and have a big glass of water before heading out for a morning run. Then they would come home to have breakfast, shower and get ready for the day. They’d start work bang on 9am and work consistently until 5pm. And they’d be super productive every single day every day right? Well not exactly. While this might be the case for some entrepreneurs, in reality this simply isn’t the case for most of us business owners!
Confession time… I don’t really have a consistent routine. Somedays I do accomplish my ideal daily routine, but other days I roll out of bed at 11am, I spend the day working in my pj’s and I never leave the house. Can you relate? It’s easy to give yourself a hard time when you have days like this, but everyone has them! The important thing to remember here is that doesn’t mean you haven’t got your life together and it doesn’t make you any less of an entrepreneur!
You have to learn to work with your work habits, not against them! It’s important to accept your work habits for what they are and stop trying to force yourself into a schedule that doesn’t work for you. One of the main benefits of running your own business is that you don’t have set working hours, you don’t have anyone else telling you what to do and you don’t have to work to someone else’s schedule! So enjoy that freedom and allow yourself to work when you're feeling inspired!
Some days I work 15 hours a day for a couple of weeks at a time, barely leaving my desk to eat, shower, socialise or get fresh air, and other days I really struggle with motivation and I'm luckily if I can force myself to work 4 hours a day. But after months of battling with myself and trying to change this, I've finally decided to accept it and work with it. Now, I’m not saying you should just drop all your work and responsibilities for weeks at a time, but understand that when you’re an entrepreneur, inspiration comes and goes. It’s all part of being a creative!
So if you’re anything like me and you work best when you work non-stop for weeks at time and then don’t work much at all, my biggest tip is to prioritise, prioritise, prioritise! Figure out your most essential business tasks and do them first. Do you need to schedule social media, do your accounts or write a new blog post every week? Batch these tasks and schedule them ahead of time when you’re feeling motivated, so when the slump days come you can relax knowing that everything important has been taken care of! Then you can take it easy and focus on the smaller tasks when your motivation levels are lower.
Just remember if you’re feeling in a funk with your business, it’s ok to take some time off. The sooner you give yourself some down time, the sooner you’ll bounce back feeling refreshed. It's normal to have bad days, it's all part of being an entrepreneur. Just relax and remember the inspiration will come back soon!
I hope this post has helped you out! I’d love to hear what you think about this topic so leave me a comment below!