Stuck in a Rut?

Untitled designWe all have days, or maybe even weeks, where we are feeling unfocussed in our business.  You know the kind of day when we don’t know which direction to take our business, or generally feel unable to concentrate fully on what we need to be doing.  It’s time to get back to basics and have a rethink and get revitalised!

  • Take some time out.  Sometimes we need to tear ourselves away from the computer and our work load in order to clear our head.  Go out and get some fresh air and maybe get some inspiration from nature.  Just sitting in a quiet park or going for a walk can help to inspire us (take a notepad!).
  • Get back to basics.  Remember what first attracted you to running your own business?  How were you feeling those first few weeks of starting out? Try to re-capture that feeling and strip your business back to those early days.
  • Ask for help.  Is there anyone that your trust who can give you some honest feedback, or come up with some new ideas?  Don’t be afraid to ask – most people would be glad to assist.
  • Do some research.  Check out forums related to your line of work to see if you can glean any fresh information which you could apply to your business.
  • Have some ‘Me’ time.  We need to look after ourselves and sometimes when working from home we forget the ‘Me’ time as our working patterns don’t tend to follow a set routine.  If you are working in the evenings a lot take one evening out or finish early and do something you enjoy doing.
  • Prioritise.  Make a list of what you can realistically expect to achieve in a day.  Mark the items on your list as either ‘High’, ‘Medium’ or ‘Low’ priority.  If it falls into Medium or Low category then it can wait until tomorrow if needs must.
  • Set some targets.  Don’t put yourself under unnecessary pressure but it can be helpful to set yourself some goals.  Make your targets achievable, put a date on them, put them somewhere you can see them each day and do your best to meet them.
  • Look at the history of your business.  A few days of feeling unfocussed can make you feel a bit down but try to keep positive – get pen to paper and write down what you have achieved so far!

 

I hope you have found some of these tips useful, if you have any you would like to add, please comment below.

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