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Five tips to stay motivated

As a business owner, staying motivated at all times can be tough. How do you keep your motivation levels high?

Here are my 5 top tips:

1. Work out what you like doing

As a business owner, pretty much the buck stops with you. However, you don’t need to always be the person who does everything. There are always going to be tasks which zap your energy and drag your motivation down. Take note of which tasks you enjoy doing and which you hate. Now, see how much you can outsource or delegate of the stuff you hate to others.

2. Recharge your batteries

Make no mistake, being a partner, responding to clients’ relentless demands, running a practice or a business is a 24/7 occupation – and very often we forget that our bodies need time to recharge. Make sure that you plan for some regular relaxation and exercise into your busy schedule. Give yourself time to recharge.

3. Create little goals and milestones which are easily achievable

When the going gets tough, it can really drag you down. I can’t magically change this, but I always find that creating small goals and milestones – or easily achievable targets – are great ways of starting to kick start your va-va-voom.

4. Find out what’s demotivating you

Everyone is different, and we all have different triggers which motivate or demotivate us. For example, I get demotivated when the phone stops ringing and I don’t have a long list of potential new clients in the pipeline. I’ve also realised that if I am consistently working at progressing the potential clients in my pipeline, I feel so much better – regardless of whether or not my opportunities convert.

5. Work with a coach

It can be lonely at the top – and sometimes all you need is a quick word with someone who has your best interests at heart. This is where using a life coach to support you can reap dividends.

What are your tricks to get yourself re-motivated

Heather Townsend is the founder of The Efficiency Coach. Follow her Joined Up Networking blog for more useful tips and tricks. She has just been commissioned to write the FT Guide to Business Networking.

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