It’s HUMP Day and I am trying to get energized! I’m in a slump with my business. I’m not sure if it is MS related or if I am in-between “why” or if I just need a jumpstart! What is a girl to do?
When all else fails go back to what worked in the past. So I pulled up an article on the DSW website entitled “Seven Ways to Energize Your Business“. I need some motivation. I need to find a purpose. I need to figure out what it is I really want to do (when I grow up! LOL)
- Establish priorities. I used to be a multi-tasker, trying to tackle everything at once. MS has changed that AND I usually forget what I am doing without a list. I’m looking at things now through my recovery eyes. Just One Day (or step) at a time. So, list all your priorities (or to dos). Then focus on one or two items at a time. I have lots of ideas squirreling away in my head but once I get them on paper, it is easier to put them in perspective. I keep a list on my planner so I can cross it off when done. I love seeing the pink lines which mean I have accomplished something for the day. Prioritizing takes the stress off. I helps you to focus on one thing at a time with the comfort of knowing you will stay on the right track.
- Be as efficient as possible. What are your time suckers???? Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, binge watching on Netflix? A time sucker is anything which distracts you from your daily goals. I have been known to put a picture of a “security camera” in front of me as a gentle reminder I have work to do. Don’t have a lot of time to “work”, grab that list of two of three things and set aside some time to get them done TODAY. You will be amazed at how accomplished you feel when you cross them off the list as done.
- Combine your work with different areas of your life. No matter what kind of work you do, you can combine it into other areas of your life. If you truly love what you do, this will be easy. I am struggling with my purpose lately so some days this is a little bit more difficult. As a Thirty One Director, it is an easy! I use and carry our bags every where I go. People comment about them and I share how awesome they are. As for “The Angel Connection“, this is a no-brainer too. I always have an angel on. I am learning to change up my angel so it POPS when I wear certain shirts. Seems basic enough, right?
- Actively manage your time and stop wasting it. Time management may be easy for some but for me it is a struggle. I am getting better with the help scheduling things in my planner. Color blocking used to work but now it confuses me. I still set aside time for family, work, my Thirty One and Angel Connection business and time for me (ok, so maybe sometimes this gets pushed to the side). Manage your time when it comes to activity or exercise. Add it to your calendar so it becomes a part of your every day life and you aren’t wasting the small amounts of time doing nothing when you could be active. I know, I need to practice this one myself!
- Commit to learning new things. Lately, it seems like I am learning something new every day. The struggles with MS has made this an ongoing process. I invest in my professional development because it helps my business and my team. You can learn new things in a variety of ways like reading a blog, watching a video, listening to a conference call, a networking meeting or a formal conference/ training. And a way that works for you.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. There are going to be bumps in the road but you can learn from them and then you MUST let them go. Sometimes it is easier said than done – whether it is in business or in life. Just because you hit a bump or deal with a little negativity, it doesn’t diminsh all the positive work you have done.
- Laugh more. I am learning to laugh at myself. I feel like this was so much easier before MS. The truth is sometimes I just don’t get the pun or joke. It kills the punchline when someone has to explain it to you. In recovery, I am learning to laugh again. It is a process but one I am enjoying.