I used to envision myself in the perfect business scenario: waking up at five o’clock, eating a healthy breakfast, getting through a substantial amount of work before the day actually begins, but I know now that is just wildly unrealistic. This last week was a wake-up call for me, because I felt myself floating back into old habits, and letting life pass me by without taking charge of things. It took all of my self-restraint not to allow myself to go back to that default mentality of hoping my dreams would somehow just figure themselves out.
So, I decided to take a different approach to get myself back in the work-mode mindset, and here is what I came up with.
Assess Your Daily Schedule to Maximize on Time
I didn’t realize how much time I was wasting every morning, waking up far later than I would’ve liked, procrastinating the work until it was mid-afternoon, and I was running out of time. I had to figure out a way to give myself that time to reflect in the morning without having to sacrifice too much of my work schedule. So, I told myself that if I wanted that comfortable two-hour period at the start of my workday, I’d have to figure out a way to wake up earlier. I still haven’t managed to make it to five o’clock in the morning, and I don’t think I ever will-but I can safely say that I make better use of my time now.
I also utilize my Google Calendar to time-block my day by the hour, so I have a good map to tackle my tasks without worrying that I’m not using my time to the best of my ability. If you’re struggling with not getting enough done in a given day, then it’s time you take a good look at how you spend your time. You’d be surprised to see just how much you can fit into your schedule if you try.
Choose Wind-Down Activities That Benefit You in the Long Run
This was an area that I didn’t think I’d be able to fit into my daily life because I quite enjoyed spending the evening watching mindless videos that didn’t provide any benefit to me. Still, after making the shift, I realize that I can have the best of both worlds. For all the trashy television I watch, I spend an equal amount of time reading a book I like, or engaging with other writers’ content on Medium. It has honestly affected the way I think as well as the way I create. I’ve begun to see a significant change in how less-stressed I am by the end of the week, and that, in turn, takes the pressure off the following work-week.
Maintain Your Motivation: Remind Yourself of Your Goals
I struggled with this for a very long time because I would fluctuate between being incredibly motivated and not being able to so much as open my laptop. I knew that if I wanted to see growth in both my writing and traffic, I was going to have to be a lot more consistent with my work. Having a better schedule has undoubtedly helped me to maintain my motivation, but life happens, and sometimes it can be a bit difficult to stay on track. When I fall out of routine, I allow myself a minute to reflect and recenter myself. I remind myself of the things I’m trying to accomplish, and I lay out a plan of attack.
The best solution to regaining my motivation is to create a detailed outline of how I’m going to get back on track. That simple move has made all the difference in approaching my life like an entrepreneur and building an online writing business.
Rewarding Yourself Doesn’t Have to Be Monetary
I love shopping, and I have my entire life, but I’ve been trying to save up over the last few months so I could invest in my career. In the past, I would take trips to the mall to reward myself for a job well done or after finishing a large project, but lately, I’ve been trying out other options. I’ve begun to see just how rewarding it is to step away from work for a few hours, read a book, watch something that excites me, and stay in to cook. I’ve been cutting down on eating out as well as the shopping I do every week, and it has affected how likely I am to get back to work. I feel excited by the idea of saving versus spending, and that means that the next time I do go shopping, it will be that much more enjoyable.
Learn to Adjust When Life Gets You Down
I have a hard time getting back to work when I’m too stressed out, overwhelmed, or sad for any given reason. Though, the more responsibility that I’ve acquired over the last few months, the more I had to learn to turn things around when life gets hard. It is still something I’m working on, but I’ve noticed that I have been more likely to approach my problems head-on instead of letting them fester, and that way I’m aiding my mental health much more often. One of the primary reasons that I fall out of routine so often is because my life has been a roller coaster as of late, but I’ve been taking more time to take care of myself, reassess, and readjust so I can get back to doing the things I love.
Life will be hard, but for me, writing is the way that I’ve felt better for a long time. Simply sitting down to write makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, and that in itself helps to recenter me when I’ve lost my way.
I hope these tips help you to tackle your life like an entrepreneur and help you turn your passion into a sustainable career.
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Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.