Owning and running your own business can be exhausting and sometimes it's easy to get uninspired by the work you do. I recently read a blog by Nadine Nicholson where she discusses three tools to keep you motivated in your business and her ideas really resonated with me. So much so that I thought I would share her advice in hopes that it would do the same for you.
1. Write Three Morning Pages
According to Julia Cameron, Morning Pages are "three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning.” This is a great tool that you can use to help clear your mind for the day to come.
2. Walking Meetings
A walking meeting is a mid-day walk with yourself. The idea might seem silly, but walking not only gets your blood flowing and wakes you up, but it also helps allow your mind to process. The combination of fresh air and movement assists in putting things into perspective. This is especially helpful when you've hit a road block in your business or are having a hard time coming up with a solution to a problem.
3. Positive Focus
This is an exercises that you do at the end of your workday. It's easy to dwell on all the things you didn't get done, because as a business owner, your job is never done. However, it's very important to remind yourself of all that you accomplished, no matter how small. That's what this exercise is about. When your day is over, write down your achievements for the day and why each of them is important. Lastly, write down the next step for each item. This is a great way to create an action plan for the next day and to keep you on track.
Give these three tools a try and see if they make a difference in keeping you focused and motivated in your business. As an owner, it's important to remember that you are the driving force behind you company and your confidence in your business is crucial in keeping your employees on track and working hard.