I checked my hand-dandy “To-Do List,” and for the fourth week in a row, I see the same line item “Work on your business” isn’t crossed off yet. Everything else around it has been meticulously and diligently completed
Here's what my To-Do List looks like:
✅ “Client” website update
✅ “Client” graphics due Monday
✅ “Client” call on Wednesday
✅ Email “Client” back
Work on your business!!!!!
✅ Pick up your meds from the pharmacy
✅ Don’t forget to buy that cute penguin potty from Target
✅ Invoice “Client”
You can relate, right? There’s a lot of things happening, ok?
But that shouldn’t be an excuse for you to slack off on your own shit, Jess!
Ok, ok, ok, you make a valid point, Inner Voice.
So before you go and start blaming yourself and riding the Guilt Train (choo choo!), let’s address why you’re not motivated to work. *HINT: in the long run, working on your business now will generate more opportunity, conversions, and income for you...So, you see where I am going?
I’m starting to motivate your ass.
Reasons I don’t want to work on my business:
I don’t have time during the week.
Well, then make time, dork. Whatever happened to your weekly schedule where you dedicated a whole day to your business? Bring that back. Push back on client deadlines if you must to make sure you are giving yourself ample time to focus on the things that matter. If you can make time to work out for 45 minutes every day, I think you can find time to work on your business.
I would prefer to work on things that will make me money NOW.
I understand. That’s totally valid! But you’re only looking at things in the short term. Working on your business is for the long haul. If you don’t do it now, when will you do it? As I said, this is going to help you get the clients you want and land you the fun design projects you are always trying to get.
I don’t want to work on my own stuff….because, to be honest, it’s hard!
Working on your own stuff IS hard. Like what Coach Vera said, “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.” But you’re different, kid. And I get it, you are your own worst client, am I right? And it’s more fun to solve other people’s problems, then your own. But trust me, it gets easier over time, and it’s going to be fun. Remember, the hardest part is starting. Once you get over that part, it’s smooth sailing from here! It’s essential to practice what you preach to others!
How about this. Go back to your vision statement and goals. Read it. That should spark some inspiration and motivation. It will definitely remind you of who you are doing this for and why you started this whole journey in the first place.
The things I need to get done will take a long time.
Then set small goals for yourself. What does your business coach Sara Clark-Williams say? “Celebrate the small successes” And make sure these small goals have realistic timelines that you can achieve within a week or 2 weeks.
I am a perfectionist - Anything I do isn’t good enough.
Shut up. What did you learn last year? Done is better than perfect. Remember, you need to test your stuff out on others. The first round isn’t going to be ideal, and you know it. How else will you know if a strategy or process isn’t working without the right feedback? Iterate. Iterate. ITERATE!
Now, I don’t mean to shame you into working, Jess.
I just know how stubborn you can be. This is all coming from a place of love because I know how far you can go creatively and how talented you are. You just need that little push-push.
Thanks, Inner Voice, I really needed that stop sign in my face to make me look around. No more excuses. I need to hold myself accountable for my work — my OWN work. I know I won’t get it perfect every time, but I have to make this a habit and change my mindset.
I will MAKE TIME to work on my business.
I will go back to blocking out time in my calendar at the beginning of every week. I’ll even color coordinate everything!
This time I dedicate myself to it so I can make money in the LONG RUN.
I will repeat that mantra over and over again when I’m in a rut. I will also post my goals and visions on my office wall, where I can see it every day and read it every time I start working.
Even though it is hard, I just need to START.
I will suck it up and put my phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode and close all my social media windows on my desktop when I begin to work.
And when I start, I will set REALISTIC DEADLINES for myself.
I will be honest with myself and set goals that I can accomplish promptly. Rather than aiming for that big daunting task, I'll break it up into pieces, so I can slowly make progress and not overwhelm myself….which I tend to do!
And expect these small successes to be IMPERFECT for right now.
Again, I will be realistic and not expect the first version to be IT. Trust that it will only get better over time and allow others to give me feedback. There is no shame in asking for help. Everyone around you only wants to see you succeed.
For real though:
You have no idea how often I have had to give myself a pep talk, similar to this conversation. I actually wrote this to help me get out of my rut…I hope you find humor, relatability, and sound advice that you can apply to your daily routines, whether for your business or personal goals.
A big shoutout to my fitness coach, Vera Stepina, and business coach Sara Clark-Williams for your honesty and helping me stay motivated to keep going.