Question: How does a home-based business owner stay motivated?

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Answer: This can be a loaded question; it will depend on what you mean by “stay motivated.”  Are you unmotivated overall or just within certain areas of your business.  To keep it simple, I’ll answer based on staying motivated overall.

Working from a home office can be challenging so first you have to recognize your specific challenges first.  For instance, your actual office space has to be organized in a way that promotes good work habits.  TV is a big distraction from motivation.  Orderly papers and files are key in addition to your actual workspace on your desk.  Is it crowded or have you created enough room to work?

Another distraction from motivation is your work ethic and work flow.  No one wants to write proposals, follow up on emails and client work, or any other administrative/operational task without regard to optimal work times.  Meaning, you should be breaking your work into five major areas (more or less) and sticking to a schedule of these designated work areas during optimal times.  For example, I can’t do any strategic work after 1pm, my brain does not function in that way for some reason.  All strategic work has to be done anytime between 7am and 12pm.  As a result, any administrative/operational work is scheduled later in the afternoon vs. early morning.  What is your optimal work time based on the specific work you need to do?

One more distraction from motivation is your mental state.  Your emotions and triggers of negative thoughts and actions that keep you from doing things at the level you want to do them.  There may be things going on in the business that have nothing to do with the business but more so to do with things that are affecting you personally.  You have to really think about what is driving you.  What things are really driving your business activity; really think about why you need motivation and the answers will begin to emerge.

I say all this to tell you that…most of the time we have to motivate ourselves! In order to do that we can’t rely on others to help – we have to help ourselves first them seek those that can continue to support the motivation process we’ve started.

Lastly, to answer your question directly, “…stay motivated?”  You have to Focus, Fully Engage and Finish!  In other words, you have to take things one step at a time and finish.  The number one killer of motivation is not completing something. So spend your time over the next few weeks deciding what you want to complete and create your environment and your work schedule based on completing those items within realistic time frames.  Next, stick to what you said you would do and stop multitasking.

And of course, if you need motivation – join our new training program.

To your success…Sherese

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