2020 started and it seemed like everyone hit the ground running
Now it’s February and we’re ready for a nap
So, how do we stay motivated and keep the momentum going?
We all do this, don’t we? We sit down at the beginning of the year, outline some goals, and immediately dive into trying to accomplish them as quickly as possible.
And then, at some point, we burn out.
Combatting the burnout can be really challenging for everyone, but especially entrepreneurs. It can make us want to give up, close up shop, throw up our hands and ask why we ever started this journey to begin with.
I was pretty donezo with 2019.
Some good things happened for sure, but a lot of bad shit happened personally and professionally. I spent December reorganizing, restructuring, and recovering. I didn’t let it knock the wind out of my sails, so to speak, but even as a sit here writing this, I can feel tension in my face and have to continually remind myself to relax my jaw.
Things are good, don’t get me wrong. But, that doesn’t mean that they are always easy. And, honestly, being an entrepreneur isn’t always easy (I know, this is shocking news to everyone reading this).
What do I do to combat burn out and keep moving forward in the new year? I’ll tell you…
1. I get up and move. If I start feeling that anxiety shift, I stand up and physically move. Sometimes I just go get coffee. Sometimes I move my set-up to another room and work in there. I might take Clouseau on a walk, hop on the exercise bike, refill my water (I drink a LOT of water), or maybe even put on a song and dance it out (with my fave dancer/partner in crime, of course)
2. I don’t force myself. At this moment, as I write this, I am doing this. I need to answer some emails and I need to find this thing to file my tangible business taxes (it’s as fun as it sounds), but I started to get anxious. So, I switched gears and did what I felt like doing — writing this blog post. Give yourself some grace. You can’t just put things off indefinitely, but forcing yourself can be counterproductive and often causes creatives to lose focus and waste time procrastinating
3. I take breaks. I get up from the computer, put my phone away, and take a break for lunch each day for at least 30 minutes. I also take mini-breaks throughout the day. I find that I need to get up from the computer to at least fill my water glass or my coffee mug, take the dog out, or just stretch frequently. Our bodies are meant to move. So, move
4. I do something creative. I doodle in my planner, write a cute card, or even dedicate the time to drawing or painting. I am a creative human and I need that time to be my artistic self each day
5. I “close up shop” at the end of the day and don’t think about it again until the morning. This might be one of the most important parts of my daily routine. I physically close my computer, leave the room I was working in, and mentally move on to spending time with my family. We need time to unwind. I cannot stress this enough. Burning the midnight oil is a super-easy way to burn yourself out!
6. I talk and think about my business like it is my child. It sounds really silly, I know. Last year, Melissa (my business coach and CEO of Creative Successful Entrepreneurs) pointed out that when I talk about my business, I sound really negative or angry. It was my inflection. Once she pointed it out, I noticed it immediately. My voice was dropping at the end of each sentence, even when I was saying something positive. It’s easy to be critical of your business when you’ve poured so much of yourself into it (I, for one, am my own worst critic); however, if I think of it as a living, breathing thing that I’ve made and I am taking care of, my attitude changes. I am not the business, it is something that I made. (This was also very helpful when not compromising on pricing, which was also part of my initial conversation with Melissa.)
7. I remind myself that I am human. Let’s be honest here: we’re humans. We’re flawed. We can’t do “everything” — we need support (shout out to Erin, my amazing operations director) and we’re going to make mistakes. It’s human nature. We need to be kind to ourselves
Now, let me clarify: I am not the authority on… really anything here.
I am an entrepreneur and this is what works for me. It’s important to find what works for YOU. I hope that my process is helpful for you on your journey.
In the meantime, if you have any suggestions or thoughts, we’d love to hear them!
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