Some days I just don’t feel like it. Some days it’s a struggle to get out of bed, get the kids organised for school and get everyone out the door with shoes on that all motivation seems to have flown out the window by the time I sit at my desk. Do you sometimes feel like this too?
Motivation is a funny thing when you work alone at home. I love working from home and I love being my own boss but it does mean that there is no one to keep me on track. I am my own champion, my own goal kicker and to do this I need motivation to have a productive day.
As many working mums do, I work during school hours so my working day is significantly smaller than the norm. It is for this reason that I have focused my energies on supporting mums with home based businesses to be productive.
I know that productivity is the secret sauce to being a mum and a successful business owner. Discover your greatness by having your most productive day every day using these 5 ways to motivate yourself.
1. Go Back to Your Why
If you have delved deep into why you are doing what you do then that is a huge motivation to keep achieving. When you feel in a slump, simply remember your why and that will give you a kick start to get going again.
My reason for showing up everyday and doing my 4 hours alone at my desk, is to allow me to have the time and financial freedom to be there for my kids. To take them on adventures, have the odd meal out and provide for our future. We are all different, so take the time to work out why you have chosen to have your own business. And come back to it regularly.
2. To-do Lists
Lists are my favourite things when it comes to organising my time. Be strategic with lists however, or you will find that it’ll be a never ending list of things to do. It is important to be concentrating on the RIGHT things to bring you closer to your goals.
For motivation to increase, start achieving your list of tasks and get that sense of achievement. If you know you are showing up and taking small steps towards a bigger goal, you’ll be motivated to do more of the same.
Work out if you are a pen and paper or digital person when it comes to your to-do lists. I love using Asana and now write everything down there.
A good way to organise your tasks is to have 7-10 big annual goals, then 2-3 quarterly goals, break those down into monthly tasks to help you reach those goals and then have around 3 outcomes per week plus a daily win.
3. Stop Procrastinating
If you are procrastinating then you are letting your fears put a dent in your motivation. Procrastination is the habit that develops when we feel scared of a task. As humans we want to keep ourselves safe so we will always take the easy option rather than put ourselves out of our comfort zone. The ‘stuff’ we do to stay safe often looks like; scrolling social media, spending time on household tasks rather than work, or doing work tasks that are easy & familiar rather than digging deep into the jobs that challenge you.
To have an awesomely productive day, my advice is to break the task that is causing you to procrastinate down into bite size chunks, face the fear and take baby steps to get it done.
If you are the type of person that works well when there is a reward upon completion then implement a system for yourself. Whether it’s a food reward, a self care treat or a trip to the shops if you reach your goal; do what it takes to motivate yourself to get your tasks done.
5. Take a Break
If you’re feeling unmotivated and tired, my advice is not to work through it but to change things up a bit. Sometimes we simply need a break. Doing some exercise, taking a walk around the garden, listening to a guided meditation, making a cup of herbal tea (or coffee!) can all be enough refresh and refocus. 5 or 10 minutes of doing something away from your desk will work wonders to get that motivated feeling back.
Hopefully these 5 ways to motivate yourself to have a productive day will help you have your best day every day. Go working mumma, go get it done! If you have any other suggestions of what works for you; I’d love to hear them so drop a comment below.
Much love for now…
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