It happens gradually and almost goes unnoticed. You’re not getting much done as you did before and you don’t feel like working as hard as you used to, to grow your blog and business. That is your motivation slipping away.
It’s not necessarily because you’re lazy, or don’t possess the skills necessary to get things done. Nonetheless, you are still having the beginnings of guilty feelings – which only fuels the fires of self-doubt. It’s a vicious cycle.
As a blogger with home-based blogs and businesses, most of us consider ourselves lucky to be working from home. We know that being our own boss has its benefits and perks like flexible hours, no commuting and not having to answer to anyone other than yourself. Along with these benefits also comes the responsibility of running and growing your blog and business and even though we know this, the fact is that blog and business motivation can diminish significantly over time for even the most dedicated owner. In fact, one of the biggest obstacles and challenges we come across is how to stay motivated when faced with obstacles.
Think back to when you first began your blog and business, you were overflowing with passion, energy, enthusiasm and there was no way to stop you, but lately, you find yourself wondering where your passion went.
Does that sound familiar?
The good news is that there are many things you can do to re-ignite the motivational fire you once had even if you are in a rut or facing an insurmountable obstacle.
Take a break
One of the first things you should do is take time to re-energize. As I mentioned above no matter how determined and focused you are, there are times when your motivation will dwindle and you’ll need to recover. One good way to achieve this is by taking a break from whatever you are doing.
This might simply mean playing a game with friends or family, taking a walk or watching a funny movie so that you can have a good laugh. The purpose of taking a break from your routine duties is to clear your head so that you can regain your focus.
Set blogging boundaries
It’s a good idea to create boundaries for yourself. Think about it, in regular jobs, there are specific boundaries that we have come to accept and anticipate. We have specific lunch breaks, work hours, days off and vacation time. When working for yourself on your own blog and business, it is very important to set similar boundaries in order to stay focused and on track.
There can be times when every blog and business owner experiences motivational slumps where they just don’t feel like doing anything, despite the fact that there are goals, schedules, and tasks that need to be accomplished. There is just no drive to keep moving forward.
The good news is that even when there is a lack of motivation there is still that hope and desire to succeed. The trick is to find ways to keep moving forward even when you are feeling unmotivated.
Maintain Positive thinking
One strategy is to try and switch your way of thinking, from the negative to the positive. Negative thoughts don’t do you any good they only hold you back, especially when it comes to running a blog and business. While this may not seem like a big deal, taking the time to recognize negative thoughts and thinking about positive ways to combat them can really help increase motivation and your desire to succeed.
Focus on the Proper Mindset – having the proper mindset is important for maintaining your motivation. The way you think is a big part of who you are and influences how you react to different situations.
As a blog and business owner you always have things to do and challenges to face. By learning how to keep a positive attitude through the tough times you will find that it actually gives you more energy to handle the workload and any challenges that arise.
Make it a Commitment
Another good strategy for staying motivated simply requires a commitment to never quitting or giving up on the task at hand. Even though it can be easier to just throw in the towel and give up it is very important to find a way to continue forward even if it takes longer than anticipated. To accomplish this, try to focus on how you will feel after you have reached your goal and it will help increase your motivation.
Even though continually maintaining your motivation will have its ups and downs and can be one of the hardest things you’ll do if you can find the drive to keep moving towards your goals you will find that you are much happier and self-confident.
Immerse Yourself In the Blog Task
When you are trying to run and grow a blog and business it’s important to strive for success and one way you can do that is by totally immersing yourself in the task at hand. This is a great way to not only be motivated towards reaching a goal but also an inspirational technique that helps keep a positive attitude even when you are faced with challenges.
Break Down Tasks, Take Small Steps
When you are feeling overwhelmed and less than motivated try taking smaller steps instead of large strides. As we have been discussing – being unmotivated is something that can take a toll on your life, your blog and business. It leads to feelings of inadequacy which only triggers the cycle of self-doubt which is no fun at all and tends to make you feel like doing even less. This sort of mental block can literally make it impossible to think straight let alone get anything done.
By breaking down tasks, taking small steps and doing a little bit at a time you can achieve small goals which will help make you feel more productive, increase your motivation and inevitably make it possible to reach the end result you are hoping for.
When you are running a blog and business you really don’t have time to run away and hide because there are things have to be done whether you like it or not! Your success depends on your ability to power through even when you don’t want to. For that to happen, a few things may need to change in your routine and your way of thinking.
Try Something Completely New
Don’t be afraid to take risks. There is a lot of inspiration that comes from trying something new and it works out. There is also a certain level of satisfaction that comes from knowing that you made the right call. Believe in your capabilities and trust your instincts. It’s the best way to keep your motivation for moving forward.
Anyone can get motivated if they do certain things that help them to stay focused and excited about moving forward.
This might sound a bit self-absorbed but you need to reward yourself. When you do all the hard work you deserve a pat on the back. Don’t wait for someone else to tell you that you did a good job. Recognize the milestones you’ve made and be good to yourself.
When you attain goals that you set for yourself, or after achieving your dream. Sometimes we neglect to appraise ourselves for the little achievements we make along the way. Remember that many people may not see the small steps you take in life which makes it even harder when people around you sometimes don’t appreciate what you do.
Learn to always give yourself a pat on the back. Treat yourself to a movie or some candlelit bath or a sleep in every time you attain your goal. Maintain a reward all the time as this will lead you to get to your long-term goals where the reward is much bigger. This will give you the momentum you need to keep pushing forward.
Read Blogger Success Stories
Reading the history of people that have overcome huge hurdles in life will inspire you to believe in yourself and understand that if it can happen for them then it is possible for you. This will surely motivate you to keep moving forward. When you think of what others have had to overcome in their journey of life then it keeps you in the mode of moving forward because at times your problems are not as big compared to others.
Get yourself motivational books, DVDs, listen and watch what they say. This messages will keep you excited and in a positive mind. Keep watching as many times as you can as this will cause the brain to digest and understand.
Learn from failure
Failure can often be a good learning lesson; it doesn’t have to define you or end your dreams. Instead, learn from it and move on to the next step. It only becomes a failure if you quit. Many individuals find it difficult to get over a mistake which is natural for anyone to make but the only difference is how fast you move on. When you take the time to learn from your failure you gain a wealth of experience.
These experiences will often serve some sort of purpose in your life and can help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. Without some failures in life it can hard to realize your full potential, willpower, and strength.
When it comes to increasing productivity there are several steps you can take that will help you keep your blog and business better organized.
Make Lists and Prioritize
This will enable you to define and prioritize the things you need to accomplish. Break your tasks into manageable parts to allow you do them quicker. When possible begin with the most difficult task, once completed, you will easily get through the remaining work quickly. You should give your tasks a time limit, that way you will be able to avoid procrastination and get more done.
Keep an Organized Work Space
Even when you work from home it is important to keep your workspace clean and clutter free. Take time to develop a workable routine and use a calendar to schedule everything. It doesn’t matter whether it is paper or electronic. Use a color-coding system to indicate what type of appointments and tasks you have scheduled. When you have a timeline to follow you will find that you will get a lot more done and you will feel less overwhelmed.
But all of this can be tough! You CAN stay healthy, happy, and motivated while running your blog and business. You should just focus a bit on your desired lifestyle first, and then make little changes along the way.