Success in any business is all about the details — the day-to-day doing that gets things started, translates that abstract vision to reality, keeps the momentum going. But what do you do when that day-to-day stuff becomes a burden? When the task list that used to energize and inspire you turns into a list of tiresome to-do’s?
For starters, know that every entrepreneur has moments when they question what they are doing. It happens. Often. It doesn’t mean you are failing your business or in the wrong business if you find yourself feeling uninspired and bored. It does mean, however, that you do need to take steps to get your momentum mojo back.
#1: Set Strict Boundaries — Anything (even eating ice cream) starts to get dull if you do it ALL THE TIME. It’s tempting to sneak back into the office to try to tick off a few extra to-d0’s, especially if you work from home and that office is only a few steps away from your personal time. Resist.
#2: Take Holidays — When was the last time you really and truly took a holiday from your business? Try to clock out completely on a monthly, weekly and (yes) daily basis and do something where you totally and completely forget that work even exists. Don’t worry if you find yourself breaking into a cold sweat the first few times you try — it gets easier with practice.
#3: Seek Inspiration Elsewhere — Don’t rely solely on your business for your sense of personal fulfillment. Yes, in the early days, it was probably a lot of excitement and personal victories, but as you got your systems figured out and the business hit its stride, chances are that the thrill factor went down a bit (and that’s okay). Time to take up a hobby to fill that void.
#4: Delegate the Drudgery — Just because you handled something since the business started doesn’t mean you need to handle it forever. If a particular type or set of tasks are dragging you down, delegate them and focus your time and energy on what inspires you.
#5: Reward Yourself — There is nothing wrong with bribery. Not feeling inspired to slog your way through the backlog of business receipts? Put a decadent chocolate treat on your desk as a reward for finishing what needs to be done.