It’s been one of those weeks! My children have needed me to ferry them around to different things during the day as well as it being a week of meetings. This means I’ve been in and out of the office. Once I do finally get back to my desk, I’ve struggled to focus – despite my to do list!
Time just seems to have been slipping away and subsequently I’ve been feeling like I’ve hit a slump. There are many tasks keeping me busy but they are not the things that will ultimately inch my business forward. And because I’m not inching my business forwards my mind slips into negative thoughts. I’m not doing enough, I don’t know enough……this is a slump!
Does this sound familiar to you? It’s quite normal to have times where you’re not in full flow. As a solopreneur, it’s just another thing to work through.
To help you., here are 5 ways that I find help me get over an annoying slump.
1. Goal Setting
The first thing I do is go back to my goals and my why. By reconnecting to my reason for being, I am reminding myself of my drive and what I’m trying to achieve. Doing this fills me with excitement for my business so that my energy picks up and I can’t wait to get stuck in to creating again.
I have a system for setting yearly, quarterly, monthly and weekly goals and on any day in my business I know what I am meant to be working on. The to do list definitely helps when I return to my desk after an interruption. As I said though, even with a to do list it can be tricky to stay focussed at particularly distracting times. See more on distraction below.
2. Networking & Connecting
A great way to feel reinspired is to connect with other business women. This can be in the form of a workshop or a networking event that you physically attend. In my area there are monthly business breakfasts for women and I always leave an event feeling inspired and ready to dive into my business. Connecting can also take place online. If you are part of a supportive Facebook group then start a thread there to get some advice or inspiration to get started on your next task. Perhaps you are part of a membership that provides you with inspiration and a place to go back to when you’re stuck. Whichever works for you; put yourself out there and connect.
3. Daily Rituals
It is so important to have daily routines and rituals that improve your overall well-being and help you be more productive. If I’m feeling in a slump and my mind is struggling to focus, I will do an extra meditation that morning or make sure I write in my gratitude journal and set my intentions for the day. Not skipping on your daily rituals is essential to keeping your momentum going.
In the middle of a slump you are not helped by distractions of any kind. This may mean that you need to put your phone in another room for a 2 hour block of complete focus. Or perhaps you need to work with your headphones on. Do you ever work in a café or a co-working space? If you get distracted by household chores or other things that need doing, remove yourself to feel energised by being in a new environment.
Sometimes when we’re in a slump our minds can be in a more negative space. Be aware of imposter syndrome creeping in at this time. If you find you are comparing yourself in a negative way to everyone you see on social media you may need to stop the scrolling. It may even be helpful to unfollow some people that bring up feelings of not being good enough.
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I hope you find these strategies helpful when you find yourself in a slump. They have certainly helped me this week.