5 Ways To Get Out of a Slump Working From Home
Working from home might be a dream but have you found yourself looking over that television, tempted to watch the latest Netflix series and binge watch all day?
The other day, I woke up, got our daughter ready for daycare, dropped her off, came home, and just didn’t feel motivated to tackle the rest of the day.
I’m grateful that I’ve built my business to a point where I can work part-time hours, but some days I just don’t feel like doing anything. Literally.
What goes on behind the scenes of an entrepreneur’s life isn’t always glamorous. The truth is, most days my go-to outfit is my PJ’s unless I have to go out.
There’ll be days when you wake up feeling all fired up for the day and there’ll be days when you’re just not in the mood to do anything.
No doubt, working for yourself requires a lot of self-discipline and accountability, regardless of how passionate and energetic you may be.
So here are 5 things you can do whenever you’re feeling in a state of demotivation:
1) Attend Local Meetups
Having an online business means most things are virtual—your connections, your products, your website, and more.
When you’re working from home most days of the week, you’re disconnected from the real world.
Something I’ve been doing in the past couple of months is attending local meetups.
It’s not only great to just get out of the house but also to network with like-minded people and to inspire new ideas you could implement to your business.
From the two months of attending local meetups, I’m made new friends and potential clients and businesses I could do business with.
You can find local meetups at Meetup.com. Search for your industry or interest.
2) Listen To “Focus” Music
One thing I almost turn to every day is my Spotify app. I play music when I’m working, but not just any music but music that helps me focus.
The type of music I listen to is usually non-vocal so that I’m not distracted with vocals and lyrics. So it’s usually electronic music. That works for me but you may find other genres work for you. My favorite music to listen to is Rufus Du Sol. It’s electronic with soothing vocals.
I recommend you create a playlist of your favorite tracks that bring your energy levels up and then give your playlist a name like “Focus”.
I’ve made my Spotify Playlist public if you want to check it out. Feel free to save it.
3) Move About
Staring at a computer screen and sitting down all day can fatigue you which is why getting up and moving around can help get the blood flow and energy levels back up.
Go out and jog around the block a couple of times. Do some house chores. Whatever it may be, just try and do something completely different to work, ideally something physical, to “wake up” your mind and body.
I find after I do some home maintenance like mowing the lawn, I feel energized.
4) Know When You’re Most Productive
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Back when I was trying to build my online business, I would stay up until 4 AM in the morning because there was no noise from outside and that everyone was asleep. Thankfully, I no longer work nocturnal hours. I’ve found that I’m most productive from 9 AM until 1 PM. That’s where I find my willpower. Knowing that, I make sure I get my most creative and important work done like creating content and systemizing my business.
Some people have adopted Jocko Willink’s (author of Extreme Ownership) routine of waking up at 4:30 in the morning as they find they can get a lot of work done or find time to work on themselves like going for a run, all before the world wakes up. Best of all, you’ll still have the rest of the day to do whatever you need to do.
What works for one person may not work for you, so find your “optimal hours” but be realistic and then put in a hundred percent into those hours because once your willpower dries out, you just can’t push as hard.
5) Just Do Nothing
Yep, that’s right. Do nothing.
Sometimes, no matter how much effort you’ve put into organizing your day or tried any of the techniques above, sometimes it’s just best to take a breather and take the day off or a few hours. Of course, if you have a job then this wouldn’t make sense.
You might feel guilty for not accomplishing anything by taking this time out, but it might just be the thing you need. Be deliberate about this time out so that you’re not feeling bad about delaying your responses to emails, or attending to a call. It’s important to take care of yourself first.
When you feel refreshed, you’ll perform better.
No doubt, working for yourself requires a lot of self-discipline and accountability, regardless of how passionate and energetic you might be.
But at the end of the day, you’ve just got to do what works for you so that you can keep moving forward in your business.
Over to you. What ways have you found help you with productivity and getting out of the slump?
Let me know in the comments below!
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