When I first started my online business, I was so excited and eager that I when I wasn’t working on it, I couldn’t wait to get back to it. You know how it is when you start having the possibility of actually, if you’ll excuse the massive clich, ‘being your own boss’. Unfortunately after time, the initial boost of excitement slowly wears down. That’s when the “work” doesn’t feel quite as easy or as fun. Finally I actually got to the point where I had to force myself to work and of course that lead to a lower quality product.
It’s great to have all that excitement and energy when you start, but it’s essential to stay motivated and maintain your energy. If you work to hard, you’re going to get tired, bored, fatigued and not only will you not feel like you can carry on at your current pace, but you’ll likely find that your work won’t be as good as it should or could be.
Have you ever had that impatient, anxious feeling while you are working? Like you need to be successful right now, right this moment. It’s annoying and frustrating that you’re not, so you work incredibly hard at a blistering pace to make sure it happens quickly.
Instant gratification is something we all like in this day and age, and many of us think that working hard will get instant gratification, but if you’re working to the point where you don’t want to work any more you will get bored and start to wonder what you’re doing and start wondering if it is even worth it. There is no such thing as instant long term success in any business. Did you know that you might actually fulfill your goals faster if you didn’t work as hard?
Next time you don’t feel like working on your business, try this – turn your computer off and just don’t work. You probably think this is crazy advice, and of course if you never want to work you will never get anything done. But let me give you an example of what I mean.
Several days ago I was working on a project for my business and I was stumped. I had been working for about 2 hours already and I was about ready to quit for the day (I know 2 hours, poor me). But I decided I would figure out how to do this last thing and then quit for the night. I won’t go into what I was doing, because it’s really not relevant and would just bore you.
Although I had done this part of the project before, I could not seem to do it again correctly. I was so determined to finish this before quitting that I spent another 2 hours working on it. By this time it was about midnight and I was about as frustrated as I could get. Finally I gave up to my frustration. I didn’t work at all the next day…why because I work on my home business when I want to and after the previous frustrating night I was not in the mood to work on it.
The next day, I decided I would try the project again. I felt refreshed and I actually wanted to work. This time I quickly found the obvious solutions to the problem that stumped me two days ago. The refreshed me that wanted to work, was much smarter and more efficient then the tired me. I quickly fixed the problem, redid some of the “less than respectable” work I made the tired me do and finished the project in about 30 min.
You see, when you work on something refreshed not only do you do a better job and do it faster, you also have much more fun while you’re working. I enjoy working on my home business, but if I work to hard I don’t enjoy it and then not only does my quality suffer, but I have to force myself to work and so I don’t do it as often.
I know it sounds weird. The media and all these successful business people always talk about how hard their work is, and how it’s not that easy being self employed and running your own business. Here’s some news for you, they’re apparently in the wrong home based business.
I know for those that have normal “jobs” this is hard to believe. Only working when you want to in a normal job is just asking to be fired, get your salary cut and annoy a lot of people. But if you love what you do, then try working less to see if you also achieve more and at a higher quality.