As a busy millennial entrepreneur, being and staying productive can be quite a task in itself. With working full-time, going to college, running my online business, and building a house all at the same time, it can be tough. It can be extremely hard to come home, sit down at my laptop, and continue with the same pace of productivity.
It’s hard doing #allthethings, y’all.
I know you wear a lot of hats yourself. And let me guess, there are days you just can’t get out of the funk of being uninspired, tired, and just plain exhausted. These are the days when binging on Netflix sounds a whole lot better than working on hanging out in Facebook groups.
I have been there and done that. I get it. Grab your favorite hot beverage, my friend. Take a moment to sit with me and chat about my top three ways of keeping productive and getting out of that miserable funk we know all too well.
Remember why you started
My lack of productivity links directly with losing sight of my goals. I noticed when I forgot why I started on this journey, the urgency, the inspiration, and all the jazz just was not as present. If this is you, take the time today to go back down memory lane. Remember why you have chosen this journey. Take in the emotions and feelings and allow yourself to go through those memories all the way to the beginning.
There is always a reason.
I decided to become an entrepreneur because I was tired of the corporate life. I wanted to create a life of my own filled with things I love. Every day at work, I remind myself with my dream board. It’s a collage of photos I put together in Canva and printed off to hang at my desk. I remember my reason for starting on this journey and furthermore, I remind myself of my why.
This could be in the form of a daily text message, the collage I described, or simply journaling each day that you are thankful for being on the journey towards what your heart seeks. Just remember to visit your reasoning and why every so often. It will guide you and make sure you stay on track.
Set goals that get you pumped
This starts at the beginning of the year. The beginning of the month. The beginning of each and every single day. Start with the top three goals that you need to a). Accomplish for the day and b). Get you super pumped. What usually happens is I start off slow and sluggish, but after accomplishing my top three goals, I start to gain some momentum and get so pumped I cannot stop when it is time to go to bed.
If you are not overall pumped for your goals and what you want to accomplish, take a second look. See how you either make them more exciting or can realign your goals with what you are passionate about. Sometimes it just takes a quick tweak and you are set to rock n’ roll.
However, it is not enough to simply make the goals. You need to set them, add a due date, and hold yourself accountable. Planners and homemade goal worksheets have always done the trick for me.
Don’t force it
No matter what, you cannot force yourself to be more productive, more inspired, or more of anything. Follow where your path and know that it is in your best interest overall.
If you feel like writing instead of creating graphics, write your heart away.
Getting out of the funk depends on the actions you are taking to get yourself out of it. If you keep pushing yourself into things that do not align with your purpose, you will never get out of the funk. (Well, maybe eventually.)
As you are in these funks, remember to stay true to who you are. Remember why you started. Set goals that align with your purpose and that pump you up. Finally, do not force anything. Let it come to you and go with the flow. Your journey and sailing will go a lot smoother that way. I promise.
By: Ashley DeLuca
Ashley is a digital marketing and web strategist who empowers female millennial entrepreneurs by creating a web design and foolproof strategy in 30 days. She enjoys eating cheese and playing with her two basset hound puppies when she is not glued to her laptop. You can find her at blankslatemediaconsulting.com