Momentum is a funny thing. Sometimes when you get in your groove and feel unstoppable, you could just keep going and going and going, transferring your energy from one task to the next. Other times when you feel overwhelmed and unmotivated, even getting started is a major feat much less putting in a productive day. This is the mental game we play with ourselves to get things done!
That idea was the original inspiration for Momentum Monday! Understanding how to use Monday to set the tone for the entire week and create enough momentum to carry you through until Friday. A big part of carrying your momentum through the week is knowing what stops you dead in your tracks (and how to overcome those obstacles):
Overwhelm – Trying to do too much is the fastest way to slow yourself down. It seems counterintuitive to do less to get more done, but it works! Only schedule 2 to 3 priority must-do tasks per day (and if you find yourself always getting your task list done, you can always work ahead or tackle your laundry list of someday tasks)!
Perfectionism – Aiming for perfection often leads to projects hitting the 80% mark and staying there (sometimes forever). It’s the ultimate form of procrastination because you don’t have to get anything done because you are always in the process of perfecting. Instead of waiting until it’s perfect, get it done and out there and then work on perfecting it!
What If’s – Worrying about all the potential problems is the surest way to get stuck at go! Change your “What If” questions into “If Then” answers. Not only will this put a stop to the “What If’s”, it will help you build a more robust business. Remember, that fear can both protect you from making huge mistakes and hold you back — the key is knowing the difference between the two.
Depression – Getting down about the sometimes seemingly never ending problems and setbacks can push even the most resilient entrepreneurs into depression. Learn to recognize the symptoms of depression before they take hold and get in the habit of taking time for yourself because a happy entrepreneur means a happy business.
Exhaustion – Overworking yourself to the point of exhaustion will eventually force you to stop and take a break when your body physically shuts down or you end up getting sick! The key to maintaining momentum is setting a sustainable pace (and that doesn’t include pulling all-nighters)! Set realistic deadlines and instead of allowing your work day to creep into the night, motivate yourself to hit them by working more efficiently during the day!