Have you ever thought to yourself: “I don’t want to write today”? Of course you have, because you’re human. The real question, is what are you going to do about it?
One of the most common problems faced by entrepreneurs is lack of motivation. Blog writers are some of the most prolific and driven writers in the world today—there are millions of blog available online, and each day, bloggers’ post insightful and informative posts to entertain their readers. However, if you’re a writer, you have no doubt experienced blogger burnout and have days where you sit at your desk and stare at a blank entry and realize that you’d rather be doing anything but writing. If this has ever happened to you, then you know it can be disastrous, resulting in a loss of readers or, if you’re a paid blogger, a loss of money. There are ways to stay motivated and on track though, and if you develop good habits and get rid of some bad ones, you will be well on your way to being motivated once again.
Change Your Habits
Even the best blog writers have a number of bad habits that keep them from staying focused and on task, and the one bad habit that most of them are guilty of is being distracted by the Internet. Have you ever been in the middle of a post and find yourself distracted by a notification from Facebook, Twitter, or some other social site that you end up on there for twenty or even thirty minutes, looking at other people’s posts as your post is left unfinished? One of the best ways to develop better writing habits is to close your Web browser while you’re working and to set your e-mail alert to a visual notification so you can glance at the sender to see if it needs immediate attention or if it’s something that can wait. Turn off the television while you’re working, too—it’s a huge distraction that you cannot afford. Quiet background music is a better choice. (Pandora: Ron Hope Radio is my drug of choice)
If you’ve managed to make sit down and achieve your daily goals, go ahead and reward yourself for sticking to your goals to the end. For example, if you finish on time or early, you can reward yourself by indulging in a book or a movie that you have been saving. If you fail to meet your goals, your hobbies should be shelved until you’re caught up on your work. This not only creates better work habits, but it will motivate you to write more often and with better focus.
Alternatively, your rewards may also better serve your business if you so desire. For The Two Week Notice Project, every 10 new fans on the Facepage Page earns the business PayPal account an extra $5. This not only encourages future growth of the Facebook page, but also allows for future growth opportunities with funds that have been set aside to expand the business!
Suck It Up
Now, if all else fails; suck it up. Just because you don’t want to work today doesn’t mean the World is going to sit back and wait for your mood to improve. So, take the next 10 minutes and do something selfish for your business. Make a new Facebook fan page, work on that stubborn project that you’ve been putting off for months, or connect with another entreprenuer online. You’ll be glad you did!