Last Updated on: April 23rd, 2019
Do you struggle with finding the motivation to work, even though you are an entrepreneur?
The greatest part about being an entrepreneur or a freelancer is that you’re your own boss. You don’t have someone peering over your shoulder at all times. You don’t have to worry about sleeping in and getting fired. The list goes on and on.
However, this can be a big disadvantage as well.
What do I mean by this? Well, let me explain.
When you’re depressed, anxious, or easily distracted, you can end up being less productive. This can mean less income or more time working on stuff that seems to take forever to do.
Here are some ways you can get the motivation to work.
Play Some Music
When you’re bloggingg or doing something else that requires intense focus, playing some good music can help you keep focused as you work. Many people will have different ways to play music. Some people will stick to binaural beats and white noise that is ambient and drowns out everything around them so they can stay focused. Some like to play classical music or soundtracks. There are some who like songs with singing, though this may be distracting for some people.
Just open up YouTube or Spotify and see what the music gods can give you. You may even discover music that you never thought you’d like.
If you have children around, try to work when they are away.
If you are always looking at social media, try using filters to block the site or limit your time during working hours.
Check all your emails before you work, or after.
Being able to do these things can help you stay focused. When you have a normal job, it’s easy for you to stay on track because you may be reprimanded if you aren’t. With freelance work, you may find that you have to discipline yourself a bit.
Get Some Rest
If you haven’t been getting enough sleep, this can cause you to lose focus and be distracted more often. Plus, sleep is good for your performance. Many people don’t get enough sleep at night, and this can prevent them from functioning as best as possible. If you’re feeling this way, get some rest. Chances are, you are not on a strict schedule and can afford to sleep in for an hour or two. This may end up saving you time, if you wake up refreshed.
This may sound counterproductive, but take some small breaks during your working hours. If you don’t, you could have massive burnout, and this can cause you to lose your performance at work.
Make sure you take breaks every now and then, but also make sure those breaks don’t last so long that you end up losing time. You can strike a nice balance, guaranteed.
Get Your Toughest Project Done First
If you have a massive marketing campaign or a huge blog post, get that done first. This can help eliminate stress and make all the other projects easier to do. Some people call this “eating the frog.”
Also, if you can, alternate between projects to give you some nice variety.
If you’re having a hard time doing your work, even after all that, it can be a sign of depression. In a case like that, talking to a therapist or a counselor may be your solution. Sites such as Regain.us can provide online counseling, which allows you to talk to a therapist on your own terms. This is perfect for a freelancer who makes their own rules. Talk to a pro today and see what you can do with it.
There are many other things you can do to get the motivation to work if you’re not feeling inspired.
Finding a good work-life balance really helps. Those are tips I follow to stay motivated, healthy, and happy!
I also use positive affirmations!