5 Secrets to Keep Yourself Motivated

August 21st, 2010

As a solopreneur, you’ve likely had moments when you didn’t feel like getting out of bed, let alone getting into work. For me, I’ve had days when I just couldn’t bring myself to fire up the computer, opting for the lure of a lazy hammock in the backyard instead.

Once in a while, a day off can help recharge your mental and emotional batteries. But string a few days of unplanned ‘hooky’ together and it can be difficult to get back on track which can lead to missed deadlines, overlooked opportunities and lost clients.

Keeping motivated is critical when you run your own show. But how do you do that when work is the last thing you want to do?

Check out these 5 handy tips for keeping yourself motivated.

1.Give Yourself a Real Break. Taking time off doesn’t always mean we stop thinking about work. This is especially true for high achievers. But having time away from thinking about marketing, sales, delivery, etc. is critical to maintaining our mental and physical health. Give yourself a time limit to go walk the dog, go for a swim, work out - anything to get distracted. Having a time limit ensures an hour doesn’t turn into the rest of the day (or week!).

2.Change of Scenery. If you are an online solopreneur chances are you’re mobile. Try out a new room in the house to get inspired. Or, even better, treat yourself to a warm beverage at a local coffee shop or library. You’ll find other freelancers doing the same thing - thinking of them as your colleagues can help boost your desire to get to work.

3. Where’s the Carrot? Sometimes all it takes is a promise of a reward to get things moving with your creativity and delivery. Set a work goal for the day and once reached, give yourself that reward.  It could be a massage, an afternoon at the zoo or a slice of chocolate cake -  you’re the boss - you get to choose. Since no one else will pat you on the back for a job well done it’s up to you.

4. Switch it Up. The ability to focus is a great skill to have to help get projects done. But if you find yourself bogged down on something no amount of concentration helps. Try working on a different project. Choose something that challenges a different set of your skills. It allows you to come back to that original project with a fresh perspective.

5. Reach Out. Being a solopreneur can be lonely. Venting with someone in your support network can be a great way to shake off the cobwebs from lack of motivation. It helps to commiserate with a fellow freelancer because, chances are, they know what you are going through and can offer advice or simply someone offer an ‘ear’. 

How do you keep yourself motivated?