WHAT TO DO NEXT AFTER YOU'VE LOST MOMENTUM
+ MY TOP TIPS FOR REGAINING MOMENTUM
Do you ever have those days or weeks (or months), where your biz, career, or life in general seems to pass you by, and you can't find the motivation to just get sh*t done?!
You have huge goals you want to accomplish, but when you open your laptop to get to work, you find yourself scrolling through Facebook for hours, or closing it to take a nap (FB creeping is exhausting, I get it).
You're not alone, girlfriend! So hop off that guilt train!
I'll be totally honest. Since I've returned from the land down under (2 weeks ago), I've gotten back into my business, but I'm not quite moving at the same pace I was before I left in February.
Although I do think jet lag (and catching a sinus cold) had a lot to do with it, another reason I'm moving a little slower is likely due to the fact I spent over a month doing less than normal in my biz.
The thing is, it's a lot easier to pick up speed once you have some momentum, but if you're starting from 0, it can feel like a huge struggle to gain it.
No matter what your situation is right now, don't fret. I'm going to teach you how you can pick up the momentum you already have, or create it altogether if you're starting from scratch!
MAKING TIME FOR YOURSELF
If you're constantly focusing on your business or career, and making no time for yourself, you're going to burn out. While gaining momentum is key to your success, so is your self care. Don't jeopardize your physical, mental, or emotional health because you're afraid it will cause you to lose focus. When you make time for yourself and the things you enjoy, your business or career will benefit naturally.
1. CREATE A DAILY PRACTICE
Having a daily practice is key to your success and gaining momentum. When you start your day on a positive note, you're much more likely to go through your day feeling energized, accomplished and in good spirit. It's also feels a hell of a lot better than rushing out the door 20 minutes later than planned!
Each morning take anywhere from 5-30 minutes to focus on you. My go-to's are meditation and gratitude journaling. I take anywhere from 10-15 minutes to meditate, and another 10-15 to journal. Yes, it may require you to get up a bit earlier, but trust me, it's worth it.
Here are some other suggestions to incorporate into your daily practice:
+ podcast (great if you commute!)
+ EFT tapping
Exercise is a great way to make time for yourself that will also help you to build momentum. When you feel good about yourself, you're more excited to work, and also feel better about the work you're creating.
The key to exercise is to find something you actually enjoy doing. If you hate cardio, but are forcing yourself to run on the treadmill for an hour everyday, stop. Explore other types of exercise (my go-to right now is circuit training/cross fit!) and do what you enjoy.
Ok, so I know there's that quote about how when everyone else is sleeping, entrepreneurs are working, but I'm calling bullshit!
I am a firm believer that everyone works differently, and you must listen to your body. Some need their sleep, some don't. I definitely need my sleep, and know that I am not showing up as my best self when I am sleep deprived (no body wants to witness that monster!).
Don't feel guilty about sleep. Create a sleep schedule that works best for you and stick to it. Your body, business (+ friends) will thank you.
MAKING TIME FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Now that you've made time for yourself, it's time to get strategic about making time for your business.
1. YOUR TOP TASKS
Get clear on your revenue-generating tasks. When you lose focus or momentum it's difficult to decide where to begin. This is when you should go back to your revenue-generating tasks to give you direction.
Write down a list of your top 3-5 revenue-generating tasks. Keep this at the front of your notebook or planner so you can refer back to it when you feel you are losing focus.
2. PLAN IT
I might be a little biased here because I am a huge planner, BUT they don't say "if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail" for nothing!
Gaining momentum feels icky and uncomfortable until you actually pick it up. When you have nothing planned out, you'll likely fall back into the routine of Facebook scrolling and napping (which isn't so bad, except when you're trying to build an empire!).
Before bed each night, choose 3 tasks to focus on the next day and plan it out in your planner or online calendar system. I find it helps to be specific with times.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Invoicing
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Content Writing
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Client Call
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Gym
*hint: scheduling your self care will help you stick with it!*
When you know what your day looks like and it is staring you in the face, you are way more likely to follow through than if it's just planned out in your head. It also makes it easier to avoid distractions this way.
Don't forget to give yourself a break! If you know you need a 15 minute walk to break things up, add that in there too so you don't burn out.
3. SWITCH IT UP
Sometimes our same old routines get borrrring. If you feel like you need a change to help inspire you, or help pick up momentum, switch it up!
I often work at home, but there are days where working at home also makes me feel less than inspired. On these days I'll do my hair and makeup, put on a cute outfit and work from my favourite cafe instead. This instantly makes me feel better and gets my creative juices flowing, which in turn helps me pick up momentum.
What parts of your daily routine can you switch up today? It could be doing a different workout, taking a different route home from work or the grocery store, or grabbing take-out instead of cooking again. Commit to switching up one part of your daily routine today and see how it makes you feel!
Gaining momentum can be hard when you have no idea what to do or where to start. The secret is to simply get started. Before you know it you'll be back in the game and have created some sexy momentum in your business/career and lifestyle!
You've sooo got this, babe!
P.S. Ready to take your new momentum and turn it into some serious results? Book a free call with me to find out how we can make it happen for you!