What to do When You Hit a Business Slump
WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE
This past week I just couldn’t get anything done. Even when I spent my day facing my computer, things just didn’t seem to progress. Annoying my cat was the only thing I had the will to do.
I also know even the most motivated of us can feel unmotivated at times. We all find ourselves in situations where work just doesn’t flow. New ideas are not coming, we can’t get anything done and it’s hard to get our motivation back. Sometimes we get into such a slump that even thinking about ways to make positive changes seems too difficult.
But the good news is, it’s not hopeless. With some small steps, baby ones in fact, you can get back to your old productive self and enjoy working days again.
Here are some ideas on how to put yourself back on track:
First of all, acknowledge it, accept it and be open to letting it go :)
In many cases, knowing the cause of your slump can reveal solutions, so first try to figure out why you’re in it. And if this doesn’t work, action is the best remedy for a motivational slump. In fact, in many cases any action is helpful unless your plan is to binge watch Netflix all day.
And if you need ideas for that first step to take, here are some tricks you can take to try to get your entrepreneurial mojo back:
IF YOU WANNA STAY PROFESSIONAL:
- Get clear on your ’why’ and purpose – it motivated you once, and maybe you just need a small reminder
- Take the smallest steps to move forward – do you see where you wanna get, but it just seems too far away? You don’t need to get there all at once. That one phone call or email would take you a step closer and give you the joy of getting something done
- Create an action plan – some people love it when they see the way to reach their goals. Suddenly it doesn’t seem impossible at all
- Reorganize the space you’re in – moving your table, or just swapping 2 plants. A new surrounding brings new ideas
- Identify the things you’ve been avoiding and journal through your mental blocks – as I said, sometimes identifying the blocks will scare those monsters away
IF YOU THINK CLEARING YOUR HEAD WOULD BE THE SOLUTION:
- Take a break from social media – stop reading worst case scenarios all day or comparing yourself to others
- Change something of your routine every day – just choose a different chair for drinking your morning coffee
- Help someone else – you will help them make a change and maybe get some new ideas on the way
- Try something new, do something radically different – and I don’t mean switching from Netflix to HBO. A new hair colour? Going for a run? There must be something you thought about trying
- Get excited – about anything really
Or just relax and do something you enjoy – there’s a reason our best ideas come when taking a shower.
But seriously, some slumps are a sign that you need a break. If you’re not as motivated as you used to be, or you’re having a hard time finding the joy in your work, take a step back. While it may seem counterproductive, the best thing you can do is give yourself a break to recharge.