When you work in a conventional job, it can be challenging to get up in the morning when the alarm clock sounds, but you do it because you have too.
You think to yourself, ‘If only I worked for myself, I would jump out of bed ready to get going straight away.’
For a lot of self employed people this is true, they have a burning desire to get up and get started working on their business. But some people find it hard to motivate themselves when all of a sudden they don’t have anyone telling them what to do or when to do it anymore.
It is very easy to fall into the trap of staying in bed a little longer, taking longer over breakfast, doing some chores like loading the washing machine or emptying the dishwasher. These are all things that would either have had to be done before you went to work, or they wouldn’t have got done at all until you returned home.
When you are in charge of your own time, it can be easy to get tempted to do all these things before you start working on your business.
When I gave up my job to work on my network marketing business full time, the transition was easier because I had already reduced my working hours to part time a year earlier. I was used to working for myself and disciplining myself for half of the week, and I just found it so much more exciting to be working in my own business than for someone else.
So in this post I want to share some of my tips for motivating yourself if you are one of those people who finds it hard to get started;
Have a reason why
First of all have a reason why you are doing what you are doing – What do you want to achieve?
Maybe you have a reason why, but its too far in the future for it to have an impact on your daily actions at the moment. Long term achievements are important, but so are the smaller ones as stepping stones to get you to that point.
Try and come up with some smaller achievements but make sure that they are still things that will still stretch you.
What do you enjoy?
Secondly, think of some way to weave something that you enjoy into your work. After all, you are the boss! Could you meet clients/customers at your favourite coffee shop for example? If you love fashion, could you dress up for work every day? Are there any parts of your day when you could listen to uplifting music, or listen to personal development in the car?
A great start to the day
Something else you can do is to think of a way that you could start the day. Could you go somewhere or do something that you enjoy doing that will get you up and out? Then you will be in a good frame of mind to start on your business.
For example Jaime and I go for a walk every morning after dropping off at school. We enjoy it and it’s good exercise too.
Maybe it’s as simple as just scheduling a time for breakfast where you sit and read a book, repeat some affirmations, watch something positive etc. even if it’s only for 20 minutes.
You will start to really look forward to this time and it will provide you with a really positive outlook for the day.
I now have a morning routine that I love. I am usually the first to wake up, a few months ago this was unheard of! It just goes to show that a new habit can always be formed. My alarm goes off at 7am, I go and wake the two eldest daughters who have to be at school for 8am. I prepare sandwiches etc and then Jaime takes them to school. I get breakfast for my younger son who doesn’t have to be at school until 9am. I then make coffee and take it back up to bed where I either watch a YouTube video, (usually a TED talk or something to do with the Law of Attraction at the moment), or I simply relax and concentrate on my breathing for 10 minutes. I then get ready in plenty of time to take my son to school.
Starting the day in this way really does change the way my day turns out. It just flows. Watching something positive first thing is a great idea because it prevents you from thinking about and worrying over the things you have to do during the day ahead.
Ok of course there are times when not everything flows so smoothly, for example when I have forgotten to wash PE kit or something! However, most of the time it works, and it just took a little time to form the habit.
I hope these suggestions have helped. If you have any ideas that work for you. I would love to hear them so type them in the comments below.
Have a great day!
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