Anyone who runs a business understands how difficult it is to remain motivated and productive. Even if you’re totally passionate about your mission and in love with your work, it’s normal to experience slumps in motivation and productivity from time to time.
You can take control of your experience, however. Here are 6 ways you can prevent slumps or bounce back quickly when you do.
6 Ways to Be Purposely Productive
Make Goals and Be Consistent
Successful business owners meet their growth goals consistently. You should create short and long-term goals that are challenging but not impossible. Your goals should be SMART goals – that is, goals that are Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.
Be Inspired by the Success of Others
Most of us have to forge our own path in order to be successful, but there’s nothing wrong with learning what we can from those who have gone before us. Listen to the stories of other business owners and use them as fuel to remain motivated and productive. Often, their examples can show us what’s possible. Think to yourself – “If they can do it, so can I!”
Establish a Work Schedule
Having a routine will assist you in remaining motivated and productive. Create systems for all of your regular business tasks and build them into your routine. Systems and routines make you much more efficient by eliminating excess decision-making time, helping us master our craft, and making it easier to scale when the time comes to do so.
Don’t try to do all the work yourself. Hire competent employees to carry out certain tasks so that you can avoid becoming burnt out. When your business reaches this point, the systems you’ve put in place will help tremendously.
Take a Break
Avoid burnout by taking time to recharge. Be honest with yourself about the time you need, whether it’s a day off or a weeklong vacation. Time away can often give you fresh perspective to bring into your business.
Pinpoint Your Purpose
Get super-clear on your purpose in business. You want to line up all of your goals and actions with that purpose so that you don’t waste precious energy achieving someone else’s version of success or going after something you don’t really care about. When you know your purpose, you can plan accordingly.
Want more guidance on finding your purpose and increasing your productivity? My eBook Purposely Productive is filled with tips and strategies to help you get there.