THE TOP TEN to keep motivated when running a business
Motivation is an important characteristic possessed by successful entrepreneurs. But it can be hard to keep motivated when it seems like the odds are stacked against you. Here our top tips on keeping motivated to ensure you always working enthusiastically to meet your business goals.
Motivation is an important characteristic possessed by successful entrepreneurs. But it can be hard to keep motivated when it seems like the odds are stacked... more
Manage your time
Make sure you manage your time wisely. This involves working efficiently and not getting distracted from important tasks. Otherwise you could end up losing valuable time and placing unnecessary stress on yourself.
Give yourself incentives
Incentivise yourself to reach small targets, this can help provide that extra motivation you need to make it through challenging projects.
Take time out
You need to maintain a healthy work/life balance. Do this by scheduling regular breaks in your work schedule and spending time with loved ones.
Know your limits
A business owner needs to recognise their limits to prevent them being over-whelmed. Many new business owners lack good accounting skills but they can utilse tools like bookkeeping software to assist them and call in a professional accountant for advice, instead of going it alone.
Change your work environment
Finding motivation is quite a psychological challenge. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference changing small aspects of your work environment can have. Studies have been done which show that the presence of plants in an office can improve moral, so make an effort to brighten up your work environment.
Remind yourself of the reason that you started your own business
This is a very important thing to do when you are feeling pressured and things might not be plain-sailing. It will provide you with the motivation to work through this period.
Note where you can improve
You need to learn from your mistakes and view each challenge as an opportunity to learn more and improve.
Note your achievements
Recognition of your achievements is the perfect motivator, it can help you to stay focussed on the bigger picture.
Look after your health
No one works most efficiently when they are unhealthy so make sure you take care of yourself. Make time for regular exercise and eat healthily.
Talk to a mentor
You are never alone. It is good to talk your problems over with a mentor or support network. It's easy to have a quick phone call or even a video chat with a fellow entrepreneur and it might make the problem seem smaller.
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